Proper 18, Year B, Old Testament Lesson
Scripture: Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23
The Old Testament reading today is the first of three in the Book of Proverbs. This section of Proverbs allows us to be mindful of how we treat others. We are asked to not be unjust to the poor or to crush the afflicted. This also means that we should not give preferential treatment to those that are wealthy. God is seen as the great defender of the poor and afflicted and being unkind to these groups of people would bring us in opposition to God.
Many people in our world have forgotten what the poor and afflicted are going through. God wants us to treat the poor and afflicted in a kind way, and to also be helpful to them. Finding things that are in common between the rich and the poor are important to help us bridge the gap that currently exists in our two-tier society.