There is no god, other than you, who cares for every thing, to whom you might have to prove that you never judged unjustly; Your justice has its source in strength, your sovereignty over all makes you lenient to all. You show your strength when your sovereign power is questioned and you expose the insolence of those who know it; but, disposing of such strength, you are mild in judgement, you govern us with great lenience,for you have only to will, and your power is there.By acting thus you have taught a lesson to your people how the virtuous man must be kindly to his fellow men, and you have given your sons the good hope that after sin you will grant repentance.
The First reading at Mass today hymns the wisdom, mercy and justice of God.
And the author of the word, quite properly, seems overwhelmed at the goodness of the God that he contemplates.
Perhaps in the modern era we over-concentrate on God in ordinary, and neglect the extraordinariness of God. Both are necessary, and we’ll never get the balance right: but for today maybe we can spend time with Wisdom and be newly amazed and awestruck.
Angel from Notre Dame de la Major , Arles, France. (c) 2014, Allen Morris.