Sirach 2

“When you come to serve the Lord, prepare yourself for trials. When sorrowful, be steadfast. In crushing misfortune, be patient. Trust God.”

Jesus made it very clear that following him would entail suffering. The poetry of Sirach beautifully addresses the very same reality.

Lord God, those who live life to the fullest, taste both the bitter and the sweet. Teach us how to harvest wisdom from them both.