When I read today’s first reading, I marvel that I am called to be like God.
But you have mercy on all, because you can do all things;
and you overlook people’s sins that they may repent.
For you love all things that are
and loathe nothing that you have made;
for what you hated, you would not have fashioned.
And how could a thing remain, unless you willed it;
or be preserved, had it not been called forth by you?
But you spare all things, because they are yours,
O LORD and lover of souls,
for your imperishable spirit is in all things!
Therefore you rebuke offenders little by little,
warn them and remind them of the sins they are committing,
that they may abandon their wickedness and believe in you, O LORD!
The Book of Wisdom 11:23 thru 12:2
That name — “lover of souls” speaks to my feminine heart poetically. I imagine it would challenge the masculine heart; that level of tenderness required in being a “lover of souls.” And yet, tenderness is paired with fatherly rebuke; “little by little”.
How does this passage speak to you?