The Book of Wisdom is a beautiful book and the First Reading is poetic, describing how God loves all things that exist and with mercy forgives all our shortcomings. The Creator loves all creation.We see this in the Gospel of Luke 19 too, with how gentle and loving Jesus is with Zaccheus. I always think of Taize when I read this particular Gospel, as it was there in France when I understood that Jesus longs to be with us today in our surroundings. God who creates us, takes great delight in us before we can tidy our dwelling.
These readings are a reminder that God does not ask us to be perfect or ready before lavishing us with Love. We can go to extreme measures to be get a look at this God such as climbing a tree, but the reality is that God knows we are there and the desire that is in our hearts to be one with the Holy. We may think we are a speck that God will not ever notice, but Wisdom is clear: You love all things that exist. This means me…as I am, as unworthy as I may feel, and as worthy as I am.
Do you believe that God is merciful and accepts you as you are?
To what lengths would you go to see Jesus?
Do you see me, Jesus, in that tree, my heart filled with the desire to see you? Yes, you see me even before I am there, and you know I love you. You are merciful and delight in your creation. Thanks be to God. Amen.