THERE IS A PROCESS IN EVERY PRAYER FOR JUSTICE

(Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Sunday, October 16, 2016.

To those who pray to God, “he will see to it that justice is done for them speedily” (Luke 18:8).
A prayer for justice involves a process consisting of the followings steps:
1. Knowledge of our human nature.
The process begins with an understanding of our human nature; that is, knowledge of who we are. We are God’s “chosen ones” (Luke 18:7), children of God. And, as such, we are called to live in unity, peace, mutual respect, and harmony with one another. We are called to live as people who share equally everything we are and everything we have.
2. Awareness of a loss. We must be conscious of the fact that, by our own actions, we have lost our condition of being the chosen ones of God. We must be profoundly aware that that loss makes us incomplete persons. The divisions and mutual destruction among us, demonstrates that we have lost our condition of being children of God. And, when we break the unity among us, we also break our unity with God.
3. Awareness of the need to restore what we have lost, to restore our wholeness. To better describe this awareness, let us present the following analogy: In a town, there was a widow who, in the awareness of her weakness and need, persistently and tirelessly claimed before a judge, her right to justice; and justice was granted to her (Luke 18:1-5). In our world, the poor, the weak, the suffering, the oppressed, and the powerless must persistently claim their right to justice, to restore what was destroyed.
4. Our claim for justice must be presented to God, who has become one of us by taking on our human nature so he may be in us, and us in him. Therefore, since God is already in our midst, our prayer works from within ourselves, from within each person, restoring our individual and collective dignity of being children of God.

Our prayer for justice is the voice not only of the person who prays, but also the voice of God, himself, living in us. In other words, our claim for justice is the same as God’s claim for justice. Therefore, we “must remain faithful to what we have learned and believe” (2 Timothy 3:14) for we belong to God.

(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco)