First Tuesday in Advent - December 4th
Justice is signified in the classic glyph of Libra's scales.
Contemplate Psalm 72 of today's liturgy and ponder justice.
If the rich do not care for the poor, 'there will be blood;'
if the poor respond with violence, there will be war!
Psalm 72 defines human life, i.e., God’s people, as "messianic."
We have a call and a destiny to work in and for justice.
Christians have the responsibility to act, think, feel,
and so become their graced identity, i.e., Christ.
The cross-bar of Calvary is a Libran sign:
There are thieves on either side; both steal from the kingdom.
One gets it, the other doesn't …
- which one are you?
Messianic peoples stand in the radical center of extremes.
They reconcile, they give of their life, they make for peace …
- where are you on these scales?
Children are sprinkled with stingy drops of ritual blesing,
'don’t wake me up' water.
Adults are immersed in frightening pools of
life-challenging struggles …
- how deep is your faith?
You will hear these words whispered in the deep of night:
"Prophets and kings desired to see what you see,
but did not see it, and to hear what you hear,
but did not hear it."
Listen! Breathe! Act!
Tread water, always!
Shawn Tracy, OSA