Thus says the Lord God: Wash yourselves clean! Put away your misdeeds from before My eyes; cease doing evil; learn to do good. Make justice your aim: redress the wronged, heart the orphan’s plea, defend the widow. Come now, let us set things right, says the Lord: though your sins be like scarlet, they may become white as snow; though they be crimson red, they may become white as wool. If you are willing, and obey, you shall eat the good things of the land, says the Lord almighty.

Isa 1:16-19

The right thing is not always easy. Sometimes it requires us to bend from what is easy, and sacrifice.

God is always present, and because of that, we forget about God.

It’s the same principle as a security camera. At first, if it shows up in our environment, we notice it. But after a while, it becomes part of the scenery and we just continue on.

But unlike a security camera, God knows all. Everything about us.

And that’s intimidating for many! Dare I say, most!

Make justice our aim. What does that mean? In the context of this passage of scripture, we’re looking at making sure that what is right transpires. That means facing truths that may require us to give up our comfort for our survival as a species. It may mean creating more in terms of harm reduction programs, more in terms of affordable housing and a guaranteed basic income. It may mean accepting that wars generate profit.

Or it might just mean being kind to a neighbor we’ve been avoiding, or buying something to eat for someone who needs an ear, a kind word, a hug.

Love is present in all of us–and how that love expresses itself is as diverse as every person on the planet. It matters now how we express our love, but it is crucial as Christians, as Catholics, that we do.


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