“And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.”
Luke 18: 1-8
At present I am reading the book, Bleak House, by Charles Dickens. In it there is the character of an old widow, Ms Flite, who spends her days pleading justice in a long running case in the courthouse.
We all have our long running cases before the court of heaven, pleading justice with a difficult husband, wife, child, parent, boss, neighbor or the State. Like the widow in the Gospel or Ms Flite, we pray, plead and beg for justice.
In today’s Gospel Jesus assures us we will get Justice in God’s kingdom. Justice is one of the four cardinal virtues, and it refers to each person having their fair share. It is closely linked to charity as opposed to selfishness, ensuring that each person has what is needed to live a decent life.
As Christians, Jesus is calling each of us to work for justice, to bring about his kingdom here on earth.