The Perspective of Justice
The Love of God
Today's liturgy is about love: "help us to love you with all our hearts and to love all men as you love them." It is also about justice: we are to "seek justice," following the Lord, who "secures justice for the oppressed," and following Christ, whom God has made "our wisdom and also our justice."
But God's love and justice are different from ours. The Gospel teaches us that in the just world of God, the sorrowing are consoled, the lowly inherit the land, the hungry have their fill, and the persecuted rejoice at being insulted and slandered. The children of God are different from the children of the world: "God chose those whom the world considers absurd to shame the wise; he singled out the weak of this world to shame the strong. He chose the world's lowborn and despised, those who count for nothing, to reduce to nothing those who were something."
The love of God is more powerful than all the sin we can muster, and the justice of God overcomes all the world's injustice, its poverty and hunger, its oppression and war, its alienation and domination of others. "The Lord sets captives free." May we be saved by the Lord's love.
Christian love of neighbor and justice cannot be separated. For love implies an absolute demand for justice, namely a recognition of the dignity and rights of one's neighbor. Justice attains its inner fullness only in love. Because every man is truly a visible image of the invisible God and a brother of Christ, the Christian finds in every man God himself and God's absolute demand for justice and love.
Synod of Bishops, Justice in the World,1971, 34.
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**From Saint Louis University