Psalm 9 Reflection:
“Lord, why do you stand afar off and hide yourself in times of distress?”
What better line could describe the feeling of the world at the moment when we see planes full of innocent people pulled out of the sky and children playing on a beach being blown apart by rockets? The evil is terrible and yet what makes it a hundred times worse is the use of words to justify and shift the blame.
I wonder what all these important people who find it so easy to justify murder and killing will say to the Lord when they stand before him who is the Truth. Then there shall be no hiding and justice shall be seen to be done.
Pope Benedict in one of his encyclicals said that the need for justice was itself a proof of God’s existence. He said that there were certain crimes which were so immense that they cried out for justice to be done, knowing that justice nor anything like it will never be achieved in this world.
The powers that be shall do everything they can to prevent the world from knowing what happened in Gaza and the Ukraine; justice shall never be gotten for those people. But the Christian takes hope in the fact that someday there shall be justice for the little people, the people that the world considers unimportant now, but who have equal value with the rest of us in the eyes of God.
“In his pride the wicked man says, ‘He will not punish, there is no God.’ Such are his thoughts”
Perhaps the wicked are in for a bit of a surprise!