The LORD said: I made a wonderful promise to Israel and Judah, and the days are coming when I will keep it. I promise that the time will come when I will appoint a king from the family of David, a king who will be honest and rule with justice. In those days Judah will be safe; Jerusalem will have peace and will be named “The LORD Gives Justice.”
Jeremiah 33: 14-16
Reflect on the word JUSTICE for a few moments.
Every three years we prepare to elect leaders for our nation who we hope will be honest and govern with justice. I hear leaders speak of our being a just society. They claim that right values form the basis of who we are. Yet our leaders form policies that create injustice in the name of peace and justice.
Shouldn’t we find ways for spending our dollars in the pursuit of justice? While we deplore and condemn violence and injustice in other lands and societies, shouldn’t we deplore and condemn injustice in our own land and commit ourselves to working for peace with justice in our country?
Working for justice is not easy. It requires us to:
- Listen and not dismiss voices calling for justice.
- Respect genuine differences and see them as strengths.
- Bring healing to the memory of scars.
“The LORD Gives Justice”. Can we believe the words of the prophet Jeremiah in this 21st century?
Lord of Unbroken Promises, give me the wisdom to discern how to make the world safe for our children.
© Ranjini Wickramaratne-Rebera
For a number of years, our dear friend Ranjini Rebera wrote Biblical reflections for the use of Gungahlin Uniting Church and others, usually for Advent and Lent. We were privileged to receive these, as Ranjini had a working history of writing and teaching on a global stage. Each time she completed the considerable work on one of these studies for us she would announce firmly, ‘That’s it. That is the last one I’m writing. No more. End of story!’ But as Advent or Lent came around again she would start hinting that she’d had an idea for a reflection – and she would write another one.
When she completed a Reflection for Lent 2021, we were not to know that this really was the last one. Ranjini died on 13 October 2021. We miss her intellect, her leadership, her vivid personality, her artistic gifts, her deep faith and her pastoral heart. We have lost some colour from our world.
The Gungahlin Uniting Church Worship Team, where Ranjini served for several years, offers Ranjini’s study material, first produced in 2015, as we give thanks for her life shared among us.