Kind Justice can be summed up pretty easily in the Golden Rule. How well do we practice it? What can we do better? How is Jesus’ sacrifice on the Cross connected to the Golden Rule? When God forgives us out of love, He shows the ultimate kind justice. Can we do similarly?
This Week’s Mass Warm-Up!
Catechesis At Home – Sixteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time – Year A
that you need show you have not unjustly condemned.
For your might is the source of justice;
your mastery over all things makes you lenient to all.
For you show your might when the perfection of your power is disbelieved;
and in those who know you, you rebuke temerity.
But though you are master of might, you judge with clemency,
and with much lenience you govern us;
for power, whenever you will, attends you.
And you taught your people, by these deeds,
that those who are just must be kind;
and you gave your children good ground for hope
that you would permit repentance for their sins.
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REFLECTION – God Shows Kindness in His Justice
“Those who are just must be kind.” (Wisdom 12:19)
“Lord, you are good and forgiving, abounding in kindness to all who call upon you.” (Psalm 86:5)
The Lord is the most Just, most Kind, most Forgiving. He does not have to be any of those things, and many people believe Him to be the opposite. They see God as harsh, cruel, and rigid. They only know about the “rules”, not the reason behind them, or the Golden Rule – do unto others, as you would have them do unto you. This is how Jesus says it: Love one another as I have loved you. Love your enemies, love your neighbor as yourself. When God judges He offers forgiveness and second chances. He even sent His only begotten Son to take the punishment for our sins – Death.
When Jesus died on the cross, He overcame the punishment of death for us. He opened up Eternal Life for us. That is the Kindness of our God. In His love for us, He is kind, forgiving, and redemptive. Let us allow God to exact His justice with kindness on us. Accept our weakness and sin for what it is, repent, ask for forgiveness, and turn our lives to Him.
DISCUSSION – Are we kind in justice?
Discuss with family and friends this week what it means to be kind in justice and also, how we are to live in this way. Do we roll over and let people walk all over us, or use us? No. So, how do we keep from being used or hurt, and still be loving and forgiving?
ACTIVITY – Accept God’s Kind Justice
This week, go to Reconciliation, and receive the ultimate in God’s kind justice. The sanctifying grace of the Sacrament.
DIG DEEPER – Other Kind Justice resources from Holy Owned and Operated:
Video: Fruits of the Spirit: Kindness
TWMWU: Patience Leads to Justice
TWMWU: God’s Own Design
Podcast Episode: Levels of Love – Episode 154
Podcast Episode: Kindness – Episode 25
Podcast Episode: How Do I Love My Enemies? – Episode 137
Podcast Episode: Sacrament of Reconciliation – Episode 110
How do you bestow Kind Justice?
by Beth & Kristofer Cowles
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We are called to be perfect, as we discussed last week.
So, what does being on the road to perfection look like?
If Jesus was “finished” and his ministry was “completed,” as it means when He said, “It is done,” by saying, “It is perfected” just before He died on the Cross, He must have walked a road to perfection.
And so must we.
In this episode we discuss that concept, in terms of what we are doing and how we respond to the call for our life.
It’s a simple concept, and a difficult task, but we have the example of Our Lord which, from the proper perspective, is not an impossible example to follow and exemplify.