The demands of justice remain into eternity because they originate in eternity.
Justice brings peace, harmony, calm, stability, balance…
But when justice is contravened there is hurt, discontent, distress, conflict, discord, peace is disturbed and sometimes peace disappears altogether.
It affects individuals and then reaches out into the wider community, sometimes a whole community or society can be disturbed, distressed, unbalanced…
This is how ghettos are created, civil unrest, riots, wars…
Injustice is a horrific reality that many people are forced to live with.
Injustice doesn’t fall on stones, it falls on real people, just think of the victims of crime.
Too often we hear their cries for justice.
When I do not honour justice there’s always somebody paying the price of my decision and my subsequent actions, namely the victim of my actions. From there the distress, the discord, the conflict moves outward and drags in family, friends, neighbours…
Why are we like that? Why is reality like that?
Because we’re made in the image and likeness of God. Because we’re reflecting eternity.
In eternity and in Heaven justice must be placated, satisfied, it never disappears. Where can it disappear to? Somebody is always carrying the demands of justice, always.
So, may I appeal to you, never willingly engage yourself in injustice no matter how insignificant it seems to you because sooner or later you’re going to have to pay the price, and if it’s collective injustice, we’re going to have to pay the price. The demands of justice never disappear, unless of course, some Good Samaritan like Padre Pio, or even Jesus himself pays the demands of justice for you, for us!
But why should they do that for you or for any given generation or generations? Why?