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“All the world, bound and struggling, seeks true liberty; it cries out for justice and searches for the truth.”
A wise and holy priest-professor once told those of us in his seminar, “In God’s schema, survival of the weakest is the rule.” Scripture makes it clear that God desires to and will bring justice to the world, a justice that will vindicate and deliver those who cannot secure these realities for themselves. The prophets tell us that the quality of our faith will be judged by the quality of justice in the land. And the quality of justice in the land will be judged by how the most vulnerable groups in society fared while we had influence. This is a fundamental doctrine and truth of our faith that gives me hope but also makes me tremble. The older I get, the more I grow into a heart that feels the bounded-ness and struggling of the world, the more real my sense of God’s justice and judgment becomes. I am more and more convinced that we will be required to give an accounting of what we did to help God’s dream of justice come true for the world. In this season of Advent, I find it helpful to sing these truths so that through rhyme and rhythm, God’s dream for the world is etched in our minds and hearts.
Prayer: Dear Jesus, give me a heart that feels the struggling of the world and hears its cries for justice and truth. Amen.