When I call, answer me, O my just God, you who relieve me when I am in distress; Have pity on me, and hear my prayer! Men of rank, how long will you be dull of heart? Why do you love what is vain and seek after falsehood?

The thought came to me yesterday when reading the Gospel…whom do we seek for justice hear on earth?  What law can be passed by man that will alleviate all of man’s problems?  There can be only be one answer to any of these questions and that answer is God.  I’m going to ask you to take a few minutes to read the excerpts from the Gospel we’ve had the past few days, starting with Sunday’s…

God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him.

What was that?  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him.  That the world might be SAVED THROUGH Him.

Yesterday…Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you falsely because of me.
Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.
Thus they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Today…Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds
and glorify your heavenly Father.

So again, I ask – are we seeking our justice from man or from God?  We are all children of God; we are all made in the image likeness of God; we have all been promised the kingdom of heaven if – IF – we chose to live the life God has ordained for us.  God has given us each the gift of free will, so we can freely chose His love, His life, His commands or we can freely reject them.  A life in God may not always be easy, for some it may never be easy, but we do not live for this life we have on earth, we must live our lives in the hope of that eternal reward of life in heaven, in paradise, where there is no “race” division, where there is no rich or poor, Republican or Democrat, where there are no Americans, Germans, Chinese, Russian, Korean but one BIG, HAPPY family praising God in an unending song of joy.

God is speaking to us – daily – we just need to turn down the volume on the TV and radio; turn off the Twitter and Instagram accounts and spend a few quiet minutes listening to His word.

Do something great for our Lord today – seek Him out for justice and mercy.  God knows that Black Lives Matter; more than that He knows that ALL LIFE MATTERS because we are all made in His image and likeness, no one life greater than the other.  Sing out the refrains from our Psalms from Sunday, Monday and today…

Responsorial Psalm DN 3:52, 53, 54, 55, 56

R. (52b) Glory and praise for ever!
Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of our fathers,
praiseworthy and exalted above all forever;
And blessed is your holy and glorious name,
praiseworthy and exalted above all for all ages.
R. Glory and praise for ever!
Blessed are you in the temple of your holy glory,
praiseworthy and glorious above all forever.
R. Glory and praise for ever!
Blessed are you on the throne of your kingdom,
praiseworthy and exalted above all forever.
R. Glory and praise for ever!
Blessed are you who look into the depths
from your throne upon the cherubim,
praiseworthy and exalted above all forever.
R. Glory and praise for ever!

Responsorial Psalm PS 121:1BC-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8

R. (see 2)  Our help is from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
I lift up my eyes toward the mountains;
whence shall help come to me?
My help is from the LORD,
who made heaven and earth.
R. Our help is from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
May he not suffer your foot to slip;
may he slumber not who guards you:
Indeed he neither slumbers nor sleeps,
the guardian of Israel.
R. Our help is from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
The LORD is your guardian; the LORD is your shade;
he is beside you at your right hand.
The sun shall not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.
R. Our help is from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
The LORD will guard you from all evil;
he will guard your life.
The LORD will guard your coming and your going,
both now and forever.
R. Our help is from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.

Responsorial Psalm PS 4:2-3, 4-5, 7B-8

R. (7a) Lord, let your face shine on us.
When I call, answer me, O my just God,
you who relieve me when I am in distress;
Have pity on me, and hear my prayer!
Men of rank, how long will you be dull of heart?
Why do you love what is vain and seek after falsehood?
R. Lord, let your face shine on us.
Know that the LORD does wonders for his faithful one;
the LORD will hear me when I call upon him.
Tremble, and sin not;
reflect, upon your beds, in silence.
R. Lord, let your face shine on us.
O LORD, let the light of your countenance shine upon us!
You put gladness into my heart,
more than when grain and wine abound.
R. Lord, let your face shine on us.

God’s will, not mine, be done.

Be not afraid; just have faith.

Jesus, I trust in You.

Lord, if You wish, You can make me clean.

But you man of God chose righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience and gentleness.  Compete well for the faith.

Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion – inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us so that in difficult moments we may not despair nor become despondent but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy itself.

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