Last year Christians around the world were shocked and saddened by the execution of twenty-one Egyptian Christian men who were in the wrong place at the wrong time, and fell under the power of ISIS. This martyrdom is just one of the more dramatic examples of abuse and oppression that seems so prevalent in the contemporary world. Where is God in all this? Does he pay attention to poor and the oppressed? The Readings for this Sunday dwell on these and related issues.
1. Our First Reading is Sir 35:12-14, 16-18: