1st Reading – Wisdom 11:22-12:1
Before the LORD the whole universe is as a grain from a balance
or a drop of morning dew come down upon the earth.
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 is believed to have been written in Greek, in Alexandria, around 50 BC. Although the book itself claims that it was written by King Solomon, it was in fact written some 870 years later with the author employing the prestige of Solomon, the greatest of the wise men of Israel, to highlight the importance of the work. This attribution to another is called “pseudonimity” and was also used in the book of Ecclesiastes.
Today’s first reading celebrates the universal love and providence of the Creator.