Psalm: 72 1-2
O God, with your judgment endow the king,
and with your justice, the king’s son;
He shall govern your people with justice
and your afflicted ones with judgment.
Many years ago, I made a weekend retreat with the priest -spiritual writer Ronald Rolheiser. He said something that stayed with me. “In the world’s schema of things, survival of the fittest is the rule. In God’s schema, survival of the weakest is the rule. God always stands on the side of the weak and it is there, among the weak, that we find God.” Our psalm today underlines for me what this season of waiting and preparation is all about – I’m called to welcome again the just King’s son. Though he arrives gently, he holds in his heart the mighty power of justice and judgment. When I am tempted to get totally carried away with the task of getting my students and my own children to the weigh station called “Christmas Break,” the words of this psalm give me a reality check. As Fr. Ron put it, “Jesus and justice – rarely do we bring them together as the gospels do.”
~ Jessica Pinter