MESSAGE FROM THE CLERGY
JUSTICE IS NOT PARTIAL


          Jesus said: "I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth because you have hidden these
          things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants
           (Luke 10:21)


The symbol of "blind justice" is well-known to many. Based on a classical statue of Themis, the Greek goddess of law, artists during the 1500s started showing the lady blindfolded to show that justice is not partial. She can't see anything, so she cannot play favorites or take sides. "Spin" is the opposite of "blind justice" and judgement for "your side." People stop remembering what they saw or heard, and come to believe what never was.

Jesus praises the Father because of those with simple faith. In his ministry, there were "spinners" who interpreted Jesus for the crowd, accusing him of being everthing from a crackpot miracle worker to the devil incarnate. But some were able to see through all of that. And Jesus is grateful for the vision given to them. He even tells his disciples that they are blessed to see what they see.

Second guessing what we see seems to be a way of life these days. How can we keep our "spin doctors" at bay? A pastor tries to visit certain parishioners and the spin doctors warn of his vested interests. Our son or daughter comes home honestly asking to study for religious life or priesthood, and the spin doctors say they're too young to know. Our spouse desires to make a weekend retreat and the spin doctor questions this new "holier than thou" attitude. Will we ever again have the ability to call a spade a spade?

Advent is a time for us to sharpen our vision and see the ways that our God has come among us. Like Jesus, we may find many reasons to "praise the Father" for the goodness that we find in the world and the wonderful people we know who bear witness to their faith in Jesus Christ. While it's quite the trend to prowl after good people, ready to discover the fatal flaw that will "bring them down," perhaps we can ask to rejoice in goodness for a change, and to let goodness be what it is.

from
Fr. John Petrikovic