How might one embrace Justice? One way is to adhere to the Ten Commandments; the law set down by God. God is just, and He gave us the Ten Commandments, not to punish us, but to set us free from the slavery of sin. Many of our laws in the United States, as well as laws enacted in other countries, align with the Ten Commandments. For example, in the United States, it is against the law to lie under oath in a court of law. A man’s word is worth more than money, when truth is sought to provide justice. Embracing the Ten Commandments enables a person to live uprightly and adhere to God’s and man’s laws.
Another way to embrace Justice is to adhere to the two greatest Commandments by treating others how you would want to be treated; by recognizing that everyone is created in the image and likeness of God. Your neighbor is your brother, because of the unity we all share with Christ. By following these two greatest Commandments you will be respecting the dignity of all life, from the unborn to the aged. Your respect will result in harmony and peace with your brothers and sisters in Christ.
One final way to embrace Justice is to read Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (EG). Here’s just one quote from the document to get you pumped for embracing Justice:
…some people continue to defend trickle-down theories which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world. This opinion, which has never been confirmed by the facts, expresses a crude and naïve trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power and in the sacralized workings of the prevailing economic system. – Pope Francis (EG 54)
Pope Francis has much to say about income inequality; it’s source being the love of money. He doesn’t mince words, and his Apostolic Exhortation is definitely worth the read. You can easily access the Apostolic Exhortation here: Evangelii Gaudium. Take the time to read it.
Once you have decided to embrace Justice, how does one go about practicing Justice? We’ll address the answer to that question in our next reflection on the virtue of Justice.