just in time?
"You, O God, delight not in wickedness; no evil man remains with You; the arrogant may not stand in Your sight. You hate all evildoers; You destroy all who speak falsehood." —Psalm 5:5-7
God is just. He expects those who love Him to be just. Jesus died on the cross, took away our sins, and justified us (e.g. Rm 3:24). We must invite others to accept Jesus and His justification. Thus, we will reap a "harvest of justice" (Jas 3:18).
To be just, we must:
- worship the true God (Jn 4:24),
- obey God (Acts 5:29),
- repent (Mt 3:2),
- share our faith (Gal 1:23),
- love and serve the poor (Lk 10:25-37),
- tell the truth (Eph 4:15),
- live a lifestyle of solidarity with the poor (Gal 2:10),
- tithe and give alms (Lk 11:41-42),
- do a good day's work (Col 3:23),
- pray and work to save the lives of babies in danger of abortion (see Mt 18:14),
- be peacemakers (Mt 5:9),
- suffer persecution (2 Tm 3:12),
- take up our crosses daily (Lk 9:23),
- pray fervently for the virtue of justice,
- be pure (1 Jn 3:3),
- fight racism, and
- forgive others and be forgiven (Mt 6:12).
Justice, by God's standards, is a share in God's life. It is a miracle of grace. Be just.
Prayer: Father, make me just as You are just and holy as You are holy (see 1 Pt 1:16).
Promise: "Now I will deal with you in My own way, O Israel! And since I will deal thus with you, prepare to meet your God." —Am 4:12
Praise: By welcoming social lepers into her home, Joan saw God work miracles of love and hope.
Nihil Obstat: Reverend Robert L. Hagedorn, December 4, 2001
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, December 10, 2001