Justice of God

Justice and Righteousness – First Reading in Preparation for the Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Justice and Righteousness – First Reading in Preparation for the Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The call to care for one another—and particularly the weakest and most vulnerable in our lives and in society—is not an “extra” in the life of faith. It is of the order of justice and, as such, of righteousness. It is the means by which we reflect the God we claim to serve, the God who is Love, the Lord who is Our Righteousness.

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No Safer Place – First Reading for the Solemnity of All Souls

No Safer Place – First Reading for the Solemnity of All Souls

“…they had known God’s love and care through generation after generation and were convinced that what he said was true: “The steadfast love of the Lord endures forever” is one of the most oft repeated phrases in the Old Testament, appearing nearly thirty times in Psalm 136 alone. Could death separate them from such a love? They were convinced it could not. God’s love for them would endure forever and, in that love, so would they.

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Not Fair – First Reading of the Twenty Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Not Fair – First Reading of the Twenty Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Fairness would only demand that the wicked are punished and the righteous rewarded, each for their own behavior. However, with God, “if the wicked should turn away from all their sin… and do what is lawful and right, they shall surely live.”(v. 21) Not only is he not unfair, he is gracious, merciful, and forgiving. As he says in the last verse of this chapter, “I have no pleasure in the death of anyone, says the Lord. Turn then, and live”(v.32)

…God not fair? Of course he is! Fair and more. God is love.”

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The Fullness of Wisdom – First Reading of the Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Fullness of Wisdom – First Reading of the Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Second, the author celebrates something even deeper that he cannot quite name yet but has seen in action…That something is love, from which flows mercy upon mercy, and not only the hope of forgiveness but the active offer and gift of it through the blood of Jesus Christ. Only in Christ is the depth of wisdom fully achieved with the realization that not only does God love, He IS love, and everything else is an expression of that love.

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