How is God’s love and mercy and justice being lived in our world today? Perhaps some false misconceptions regarding human dignity and social analysis have injected deceptive mistaken ideas that suffocate one’s being a true disciple of mercy that sees with the eyes of Jesus the needs of those crying for dignity and tolerance, while craving for healing and deliverance in their wounded brokenness.
This is the cry for authentic love and justice. It would be erroneous for example to incite hatred for one another as well as murder to become the viable solution of injustices. You cannot right a wrong with another wrong. As the Bible says: ‘You can only conquer evil with good’ (Romans 12:21). There is no other way but the way of Jesus Christ which is: love, forgiveness, action, work, and justice. Justice means keeping the law. And Jesus says: “Do unto others what you want others do unto you. This is the substance and meaning of the entire law and the message of all the prophets” (Mt. 7:12).
May our conscience have clear direction for each person to respond positively with God’s mercy and compassion to those in need and whose spirits are broken by different forms of suffering, injustice and a culture of greed and violence.