Establish Justice!

Amos 5:15
Hate evil, and love good,
and establish justice in the gate;
it may be that the LORD, the God of hosts,
will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph.

The gate of an ancient city was where business, including judicial business, was often transacted.  Hence, today’s verse calls for “justice in the gate.”  In a certain sense, that call remains true today.  People coming into the Church by the gate are watching what we do.  If, as they are about to come in through the gate of baptism, they see us swindling, abusing, badmouthing, and sniping about each other, they may very well turn on their heel and go find a different gate to a different city.  Today, establish justice in the gate.

Mark Shea


Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog and regularly blogs for National Catholic Register. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.

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