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Monday, August 2, 2010

Day 212: Come out, come out wherever you are!

Today's Reading: Isaiah 64-66

The prophet Isaiah is caught in a game of Hide and Seek. Justice is hiding. It has found such a good hiding place, it has been so covered up, that all the other players have given up and have gone home, tired of seeking. Only the prophet remains way into the twilight looking for justice. All the rest have tired of the pursuit of justice.

Why is this?

One of the reasons is that justice is a very difficult destination. It is so much easier to be caught up in the downward flow of the status quo stream. It is hard to paddle against the currents of poverty, politics and power.

Justice is also so illusive. Though it seems simple to state "be fair," "be kind," "don't lie," "treat others the way you would want to be treated," actually incarnating those statements is a daily challenge for even the most ethical among us.

And justice calls for such selflessness. Our greed, our power, our gluttonous appetite for comfort often squeak louder, demanding the grease of our labors. Justice's voice is often overrun by the other noise pollution in our lives.

We are called to seek justice. To call out for it. To search high and low, near and far. To run after it. To listen for the slightest whisper.

O Justice,
Come out!
Make yourself known to us.
Draw us into your passionate embrace.

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