True justice

More than sharing our opinions and voicing out what we think is right, not necessarily what is truly right, we should focus on doing good — whether at work, in our personal lives, or for the people in need right around us.

I opened my Twitter app this morning and couldn’t help but feel dejected, hopeless even, after reading about some of the things that are happening in our country:

  • Two mayors dead in two consecutive days.
  • The Gilas and Boomers brawl (and the reactions of Filipinos and Australians on Twitter).
  • The proposed amendment to the constitution which seems fine by itself, but not with violence, unrest, and accusations of corruption in the background.

But more than feeling dejected, I felt confused and helpless. 

What can I, a single person, really do in the midst of all these? Should I also share my opinion on Twitter or social media? Should I make my voice heard?

I thank God because I believe He gave me an answer through today’s readings, especially the first:

“Seek good and not evil, that you may live; Then truly will the LORD, the God of hosts, be with you as you claim! Hate evil and love good, and let justice prevail at the gate.” — Amos 5:14-15

I guess more than sharing my opinions and voicing out what I think is right, not necessarily what is truly right, I should focus on doing good — whether at work, in my personal life, or for the people in need right around me. I should focus on accomplishing the tasks at hand.

I guess instead of ranting, complaining, or pretending that I know better than others on social media or even in my conversations with my wife, I should just work harder at making life better not only for myself but also for the people whose lives I can impact.

In today’s reading, the prophet Amos also talks about letting justice prevail.

But considering everything that is happening, I guess true justice is not about proving that you are right and condemning those who are wrong. 

It is about making sure that every single one of us is able to live with and in peace — not just peace in the way that the world defines it, but peace that comes from God.

And that peace comes from sharing the Gospel, reaching out to others, caring for others, and sharing our time and resources. 

“The one who had gathered a large amount did not have too much, and the one who had gathered a small amount did not have too little.” — Exodus 16:18

Most importantly, that peace comes from living with dignity and allowing others to do the same.

And that probably is true justice. And we can all strive towards that.


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