Celebrating Dr. Matin Luther King Jr., we reflect as a nation and as individuals upon his message of justice and peace. What made Dr. King so effective is that he tied his voice to the voice of the scriptures. May we always strive to do the same. Here are a few passages from the sacred scriptures to guide our reflections today.
Justice is essential to true worship.
"Stop your noisy songs; I do not want to listen to your harps. Instead, let justice flow like a stream, and righteousness like a river that never goes dry" (Amos 5:23-24).
We depend on God for justice.
"Lord, I know that you defend the cause of the poor and the rights of the need" (Ps 140:12).
Knowing about justice comes from knowing God.
"Evil people do not know what justice is, but those who worship the Lord understand it well" (Pr 28:5).
God’s justice protects us.
"Be ready! Let the truth be like a belt around your waist, and let God's justice protect you like armor" (Eph 6:14).
Jesus will rule with justice.
"About the Son, however, God said: 'Your kingdom, O God, will last forever and ever! You rule over your people with justice'" (Heb 1:8).