Thus says the Lord:
‘Have a care for justice, act with integrity, for soon my salvation will come and my integrity be manifest.
Foreigners who have attached themselves to the Lord to serve him and to love his name and be his servants – all who observe the sabbath, not profaning it, and cling to my covenant – these I will bring to my holy mountain. I will make them joyful in my house of prayer. Their holocausts and their sacrifices will be accepted on my altar, for my house will be called a house of prayer for all the peoples.’
First reading of 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A
In our world, in our time justice and law enforcement are not always the same thing! Law enforcement is often enough about supporting the status quo, and works to protect the established and the ‘haves’ against those who have-not.
However the prophet sees law and justice as for all, and an anticipation of the generous inclusivity of the Lord, who is ready to welcome all those who would seek him and honour him: Israelite and pagan equally welcome.
Quai du Marché-Neuf , Paris. (c) 2017, Allen Morris.