So this is Kirsebær’s second appearance this advent and in the same place, her favorite place, in her crate snuggled in her blankies. I may have to include Odin and Freyja soon, so they do not feel slighted. Ok, they are dogs, and as long as they get cookies, belly rubs, and the occasional walk, they are pretty much good. On the whole, they do not have to worry about things like justice.
We, however, don’t have that luxury. As Christians, as the ones who watch and wait for the advent once again of our Savior and Lord, we have work to do in those places God calls us to serve as Jesus did. Often that entails bringing justice to places and relationships that have known injustice.
When I posted this picture on social media, I included the following. “They say justice is blind.” I understand where the idea comes from and its merit, but I also think justice to be justice must see.
It must see the big picture.
It must see the people involved.
It must see where injustice is taking place.
Finally, it must see ways to live itself into existence.
I am not going to try and delve the depths of justice and injustice in a 500-word reflection on a word and photo but I have a few thoughts based on our reading for today.
In our verses from Psalm 146 I see the very relational aspect of justice being lived out amongst the poor, and the privileged. The wicked are called to account, and the righteous are loved. What separates these two groups. Well, I think it is how we treat the “other”: the oppressed, the hungry, those who are prisoners or are blind or bowed down.
It’s quite the group, it can be overwhelming in fact, and truth be told, there is bound to be someone in there you are not very fond of, but the good news for all of us is that God is! In this world where we act and react out of fear it is God who is just, it is God the Psalm reminds us who helps us, it is God who executes justice. God’s justice is not blind, but it sees, more than we can and it is in that justice I put my hope.