“In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty but organized robbery?“ ~ Saint Augustine
Shades of the Prophet Isaiah and his seminal “Jesse Tree Proclamation” (11:1-10) in today’s 1st Reading (Jeremiah 23:5-8) wherein Jeremiah foreshadows the day that God will “raise up a righteous shoot to David,” a king who shall reign with great wisdom and justice. Jeremiah dubs this king “the Lord our justice.” It’s a passage drenched in vindication and hope, and it allows us to reflect more deeply and richly upon the arrival of Jesus, both his birth and his second coming.
“Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace forever,” Psalm 72 reminds us today, and in a world where injustice is as commonplace as the air we breathe, one can’t help but reflect upon the current state of affairs here in the United States and the world in general. Once pristine agencies like the FBI have been reduced to a reckless, corrupt, slightly less incompetent version of the Keystone Cops. Powerful entities like the IRS are routinely weaponized. No one is held accountable in the aftermath. Political leaders intoxicated with power born out of avarice, arrogance and defiance routinely seek to overturn the results of duly won elections, blaming their political adversaries for the very same crimes that they have in fact committed. The death penalty and abortion are accepted, celebrated even, as are various forms of assisted suicide and euthanasia. Those who defend the rights of the unborn are vilified and incarcerated. Renowned author George Orwell was alleged to have said that “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act.”
Ladies and gentlemen...welcome to the revolution.
Yet we the faithful know that perseverance and a steadfast belief that justice will one day reign are the keys to a life rooted in hope, and hopeful we must remain. For the true believers, justice enters the world in the form of a helpless infant, born to parents of meager means in a small and distant outpost of the Roman Empire. He will ultimately conquer by way of the same indomitable power with which he made the universe, by the power of love, reigning over a kingdom which will have no end. In the same way in which the Lord regained for the Israelites the very land from which they were banished, we too will live again in the land which we were promised, one in which life is treasured, possessions and wealth are insignificant, and all praise, honor and glory are the Lord’s. As Psalm 72 goes on to proclaim “O God, with your judgement endow the king, and with your justice, the King’s Son. He shall govern your people with justice. He shall have pity for the lowly and the poor.”
....the lives of the poor he shall save.
Christ our King is coming, He is the Lamb foretold by John. May His most Sacred Heart be adored and glorified throughout the tabernacles of the world from now until the end of time.
Mark Richardson from Utah on December 26, 2019:
I agree that many do not consider Justice. Justice is a factor in regards to the Final Judgement. Many just focus on mercy and so they do not think they are accountable once they have been "saved".