The justice of God in the Second Sunday of Advent

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PS 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17

R. (cf. 7) Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.

O God, with your judgment endow the king,

and with your justice, the king’s son;

he shall govern your people with justice

and your afflicted ones with judgment.

R. Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.

Justice shall flower in his days,

and profound peace, till the moon be no more.

May he rule from sea to sea,

and from the River to the ends of the earth.

R. Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.

For he shall rescue the poor when he cries out,

and the afflicted when he has no one to help him.

He shall have pity for the lowly and the poor;

the lives of the poor he shall save.

R. Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.

May his name be blessed forever;

as long as the sun his name shall remain.

In him shall all the tribes of the earth be blessed;

all the nations shall proclaim his happiness.

R. Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.

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Today’s royal psalm sings of the Israelite King as an instrument of God’s divine justice and blessings for the whole world. It was perhaps used at his coronation. This psalm is categorized as court style, very grand and extravagant language speaking of the king.

(v. 1) son of kings: reference to the king being appointed by God, a portrait of Solomon.

(v. 2) justice and righteous: safeguarding the order of creation more than a legalistic decision. To safeguard creation is in conformity to the divine will; therefore it is just. The king must serve the poor in order to be just. Serving them teaches the king to be generous and to serve the God who is so bountiful in his goodness. Royal justice shows a great interest to the poor. The poor are spoken of seven times in Psalm 72. When the king is just, the earth is bountiful; therefore, there is more than enough for everyone.

(v. 7) bounty: addresses the king’s health, longevity, and sexual potency. These were important symbols of the people.

(v. 8) sea to sea: From the Mediterranean Sea to the Persian Gulf

 SO WHAT’S THE POINT? As we look to welcome Jesus at the end of time, consider that we see him as the King of kings from the line of David. He is the king, human and divine, who cares for the poor. In this season of Advent, are we preparing to welcome the king, by imitating his way of caring for the poor or are we busy shopping for secular Christmas? In the past, some have taken advantage of the kingship given to them by oppressing the poor and not serving justice. Do we dare to be part of the programs offered in our parish to serve the poor and the needy? Can we assist in serving the poor from sea to sea on a more national or international level? Maybe this can be our challenge as we prepare to welcome the king.

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