Instruments of justice

John Everett Millais (1829-1896)
The Unjust Judge and
the Importunate Widow
Wood engraving; proof on India paper, 1864
Metropolitan Museum of Art

[Jesus said,] “I tell you, God will see to it that justice is done.” Luke 18:8a

Years ago, I had the experience of being treated unjustly at a job. I demanded my rights to the point of exhaustion and illness. It took months of persistence — as well as support and advice from wiser and more knowledgeable people than I — to get an outcome that served me. A year later, I heard that a number of other women at that workplace had resigned because of being treated similarly. Only then was the true problem addressed.

It is not easy to be the one to challenge injustice, but here we are: God’s instruments of justice in a world that is heavy with injustice. We must not be indifferent to the oppression, discrimination, and suffering in our world, but instead ask God for the courage to promote change.

2 thoughts on “Instruments of justice

  1. Fr. Warren J. Savage

    Thank you for sharing your personal experience of injustice in the workplace. You had the inner strength to demand justice and respect for your dignity as a child of God. You are a model of faith and persistence.

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