A reading from the book of Sirach.
My child, be gentle in carrying out your business
and you will be better loved than a lavish giver.
The greater you are, the more you should behave humbly,
and then you will find favor with God.
Do not try to understand things that are 100 difficult for you,
or try to discover what is beyond your powers.
The heart of a sensible person will reflect on parables,
an attentive ear is the sage’s dream.
Water quenches a blazing fire,
almsgiving atones for sins.
The Word of God recorded in the book of Sirach.