In the Readings yesterday, we said Jesus entered Jerusalem to establish the kingdom of God. This is not a kingdom based on human authority and power, but one that is attained when we empty ourselves to God in obedience and love. We see this in the First Reading that tells us: I have given you as a covenant to the people, a light to the nations, to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners fro the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness. Jesus comes to establish a kingdom where he will be a light to the nations, where people will see, those in prison will be set free. But this is a kingdom of God which according to Jesus is for those who are poor in spirit, and for those who are persecuted for the sake of justice.
The Gospel shows us what justice is. Judas complained when Mary poured out perfume that cost almost a year’s salary, because the perfume could have been sold to give to the poor. The reply of Jesus defines true justice: you always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me. Many have mistaken the concept of justice as helping the poor or giving to the poor. Justice is giving to someone what is due to them. Justice must be given to God first, before anyone else. This is why it is not just to focus on social justice and rob God of what is due to him: service and worship. Social justice must be based on our relationship with God. We cannot help the poor if we do not know God.
The First Reading tells us the Messiah God sends will open the eyes of the blind, bring prisoners out from the dungeons and bring prisoners to the light. If we do not tell people what sin is, we tolerate sin and we are not helping people to see or setting prisoners free. We are enabling them in their sin and keeping them in blindness and darkness. This is not the justice of the kingdom of heaven. The justice of the kingdom of heaven is one that leads people to God through Jesus Christ, proclaiming Jesus as the Messiah, the only Way to the Father and the only Truth that will set us free and the only Life that we want to live.
Lord, I want to live in your kingdom. Give me the sense of justice where I give you what is just, so I can give to my neighbors what is just. Let me worship you in Spirit and Truth, so I may proclaim you as the Way, the Truth and the Life.