And what does the Lord require of you, but to do justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:8

Micah 6:8 is a summary of how God wants us to live. To walk humbly with God is to know him intimately and to be attentive to what he desires and loves. And what does that consist of? The text says to “do justice and love mercy,” which seem at first glance to be two different things, but they are not. It is a command to be just as described in the Greatest Commandment. To be biblically just is to love others, to see others in the image of  God. To be just is to be generous, to be observant, to be merciful, compassionate and open to the spark of divinity within yourself and within others.

We do justice through  generosity and social concern, especially toward the poor and vulnerable. This kind of living reflects the very nature of God, if the divine. It consists of a broad range of activities from simple fairness and honest dealings with people in daily life, to regular, radically generous giving of your time and resources, to activism that seeks to end particular forms of injustice, violence, and oppression.

Let us ruminate on the words of Pope Francis: “A little mercy makes the world less cold and more just. We need to understand properly this mercy of God, this merciful Father who is so patient….” Let us show our gratitude for the mercy we’ve known and go forth doing justice in our daily living.

Patty Stewart November 2016