Justice for All

Sunday, October 20

10-20By Barbara Borkowski of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, USA

And will not God grant justice to his chosen ones who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long in helping them?

—Luke 18:7

Too often we accept the status quo. We believe that life should remain settled and unchallenged so we can remain comfortable with our stereotypes and prejudice. Throughout scriptures we find examples of a God who continues to demand justice by shifting and challenging our ideas about power.

God challenged the right of the firstborn son to inherit the larger blessing through Jacob and Esau. The story of Jonah and his call to Nineveh taught us about a God who loved all people, even those Jonah considered less worthy and sinful. Our views of a Savior dramatically shifted when Jesus came into the world as a helpless baby born in poverty instead of the conquering prince in charge of a powerful army.

The parable of the unjust judge and the persistent widow uses stereotypes that are old and familiar; the nagging woman without any power and the uncaring man who holds all the power. We traditionally understand this parable as viewed through this familiar cultural lens.

What if the uncaring judge represents us and God is the persistent widow demanding justice? God asks us to readjust our thoughts and helps us see the injustice around us. Prayer is the avenue and source of a connection with God that helps us see with new eyes and hear with new ears. And so Jesus asks us, his disciples, to pray unceasingly, day and night.

Prayer for Peace
Is it we, God, who remain unjustly comfortable with our values? Even when we don’t want to see it, God, show us the truth. Thank you for parables that point the way to justice. Thank you for pointing the way to share Christ’s peace.

Spiritual Practice: Encountering Scripture as Continuing Revelation
Read and pray with Doctrine and Covenants as Continuing Revelation of God’s vision for the church and creation. Choose a favorite section or focus on counsel in Sections 156–164. Read a few selected paragraphs slowly three or four times. Pause to pray for deep understanding after each reading.

Pray for the opening of your heart and emotions. Prayerfully ask to hear the phrase or word that speaks to you or touches your life. Stay with this word or phrase. Listen as fully and openly as you can. What sense of divine presence or invitation comes? What is revealed?

Peace Covenant
Today, God, I will allow myself to be uncomfortable and learn anew Christ’s peace

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