Justice

23 Nov

Some thoughts for the Sunday of Christ the King

‘When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left.[1] 

Justice,

The right relationship

With the other,

Your kin,

Your self

Is more than a

Thought,

Aspiration,

Desire.

It is not just a

Word,

Motto,

Reconciliation action plan,

Political policy,

Corporate vision,

Mission statement.

It is not about

Outcomes,

Outputs,

Dividends

Or even

A Weasel word

Validating war,

Invasion,

Or payback.

And the king will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” 

Justice

Is a verb,

An act,

Something you build,

Make happen,

Bodily embed within

And without,

Without which you are

Not human,

Not a person,

Just another individual,

A devourer

Of others,

Of creation in all

Its forms.

A protector of selfishness,

A co-proprietor of possessiveness,

Killing for country,

Hiding behind the sheep

As they despoil the land,

Dispossessing others,

Leaving no room

For the goats,

For the other preceding

And remaining

Outside,

Wronged,

Blamed,

Persecuted,

Homeless,

Placeless,

Voiceless.

And the king will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” 

Justice

Cannot be

Play acted,

A game of charades,

Miming the actions

Without cost and

Investment of

All you have to give,

Materially and spiritually,

Costing deeply

So, others can find

A safe place

To be,

To become,

Be real,

Have a Voice

On things that matter

For country and Christ,

Parting ways with

The proceeds of crime.

For injustice,

All injustice,

Is a criminal act

Violently perpetrated

On the other;

Responsibility cascading down

To all who continue

To benefit,

Though words and time

May allow excuse,

There is not one.

And the king will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” 

Justice

Is not ours to define,

Regulate,

Control or

Dictate.

It is the unconditional

Love of the un-like.

The unflinching denial

Of privilege and entitlement,

Of self interest

Obscuring our custodial

Responsibility for all

On country so loved

By God he sent

Its Ancestral Essence

From the Dreaming

To repair the fracture,

Restore wholeness,

Close the circle.

And the king will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” 

Justice

Is what we do

When no one is watching,

Commanding,

Dictating.

It wells up from the

Deepness of connection

Knowing country,

Learning place,

Hearing it speak and

Knowing its Voice.

Wisdom

whispers in

sighs of the weary,

groans of the earth,

murmur of the waters,

chirpings in the forests.

Wisdom

Sees from eyes dulled by pain,

Voices cracking with loneliness,

Bodies bleeding from violence,

Stomachs rumbling from emptiness,

Judging

Those who profess to

Be of country

Denying the Ancestral Essence

Call to care for all.

And the king will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” 

Justice

Is a harsh mistress.

It is easier to say

No.

Costs little now.

Payment deferred

To the generations

To come,

Handing on denial,

Leaving the harvest

Of empty husks

For others to endure,

Bleeding down

From the fathers and mothers

To their children

And their children’s children

Until all are

Infected,

Blind,

Deaf,

To the cry of Wisdom,

The desecration of country,

The thud of nails

Driven Into  wood.

Then he will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.” And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.’

Justice now.

[1] (Matthew 25:31-46 – The Judgement of the Nations)

 

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