A reading from the book of Sirach.
God sets a father in honor over his children;
a mother’s authority is confirmed over her children.
They who honor their father atone for sins;
and riches are stored up for those who revere their mothers.
They who honor their parents are gladdened by children,
and when they pray they are heard.
They who revere their parents will live a long life;
they obey God who bring comfort to their parents.
My children, take care of your parents when they are old;
do not grieve them as long as they live.
Even if their minds fail, be considerate of them;
revile them not in the fullness of your strength.
For kindness to parents will not be forgotten,
it serves as a sin offering – it will take lasting root.
The Word of God recorded in the book of Sirach.