But you spare all things, because they are yours, O Lord and lover of souls!

(pertaining to today’s first reading: Wisdom 11:22-12:2)

God doesn’t make hateful things. So the Wisdom writer tells us. That means God loves plankton, bugs and snakes, bacteria and viruses, weeds and crab apples. God loves clouds and snow as much as a sunny day. Nothing exists without God willing it into being, so whatever it is, has a purpose. The fact that we may not have discovered it yet notwithstanding.

The same goes for people. Just as we tend our roses with affection and pull up dandelion like an alien invader, our inclination is to see law-abiding folk to be worthy of the natural resources it takes to keep them flourishing. Whereas shadier characters may seem prime for removal by one means or another. That’s our narrative. In God’s eyes, a rose and a dandelion are equally deserving of mercy and forbearance. God has plans that are open to all.

(Alice Camille) 

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