Hear, you heads of Jacob
and rulers of the house of Israel!
Is it not for you to know justice?
One of the dangers of the spiritual life is false humility. Sometimes, in order to avoid doing the right thing, we can pretend that we are too ignorant of God’s will to know what to do. But as C.S. Lewis observed, the trouble with trying make yourself stupider than you really are is that you can often succeed. Today’s verse speaks to that rather silly spiritual condition. It is often the condition in which our culture finds itself, unable to render elementary justice to outrageous crimes because, after all, “Who are we to judge?” “Not judging” does not mean abandoning the call to do justice. It means not usurping the place of God. Today, do justice, love mercy and walk in true humility before your God.