We, God’s friends

For 26 October 2008, Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, based on Ex 22:20-26

You shall not wrong or oppress a resident alien,
for you were aliens in the land of Egypt.

You shall not abuse any widow or orphan.
If you do abuse them,
when they cry out to me,
I will surely heed their cry;
my wrath will burn,
and I will kill you with the sword,
and your wives shall become widows and your children orphans.

If you lend money to my people,
to the poor among you,
you shall not deal with them as a creditor;
you shall not exact interest from them.

If you take your neighbor’s cloak in pawn,
you shall restore it before the sun goes down;
for it may be your neighbor’s only clothing to use as cover;
in what else shall that person sleep?
And if your neighbor cries out to me,
I will listen, for I am compassionate.

Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.