God the Father here reveals His maternal love for us, His children, as He says that He will comfort us as a mother comforts her son. St. Therese had great confidence in the love of the Heavenly Father and imagined herself as a little child reaching out her little arms to be caught by Him. Let us follow St. Therese’s example and throw ourselves every day into the caring and merciful arms of our loving God.
Baruch 4:5-12, 27-29
5 Fear not, my people! Remember, Israel, 6 you were sold to the nations not for your destruction; it was because you angered God that you were handed over to your foes. 7 For you provoked your Maker with sacrifices to demons, to no-gods; 8 you forsook the Eternal God who nourished you, and you grieved Jerusalem who fostered you. 9 She indeed saw coming upon you the anger of God; and she said: “Hear, you neighbors of Zion! God has brought great mourning upon me, 10 for I have seen the captivity that the Eternal God has brought upon my sons and daughters. 11 With joy I fostered them; but with mourning and lament I let them go. 12 Let no one gloat over me, a widow, bereft of many: For the sins of my children I am left desolate, because they turned from the law of God. 27 Fear not, my children; call out to God! He who brought this upon you will remember you. 28 As your hearts have been disposed to stray from God, turn now ten times the more to seek him; 29 for he who has brought disaster upon you will, in saving you, bring you back enduring joy.”