St. Thomas Aquinas had mentioned that wrong ideas are like mistaken angles that when extended would magnify also the erroneous perspective. This is happening in our land today when people keep on moving in the guise of justice without even knowing where their actions lead to. Just look at all the violence around. Is that justice? And where therefore is the missing link, the gross blunder?
Maybe we have forgotten what Jesus said: “Without me you can do nothing” (Jn. 15:5). As St. Pope John XXIII once said: “I don’t complicate my principles. If Jesus would do it, I would. If Jesus would not, neither would I”. People think it’s justice enough to be concerned for the poor. Justice means “giving to everyone his due” (Rom. 13:7). So that includes the right relationship to God, ourselves (since charity begins at home), and our neighbor. And Jesus is justice incarnate whom we are to follow (Mal. 3:20; Jer. 23:6; Jn. 13:15; 1 Cor. 1:30; 1 Pet. 2:21).
The problem at hand is our centering on Christ, especially for leaders to—know, show, and lead the way. If Jesus is the way, the truth and the life (Jn. 14:6), we can only be effective leaders if we know him that well as by witnessing to his life and principles in our own life, because examples speak louder than words. That is when justice can be truly exemplified, and blunders overcome.