Justice without love is hatred by another name. Dressing hatred in the mental trappings of justice leaves us feeling both right and powerful. This renders it toxic.
Compassion without justice is corruption. Clothing corruption in robes of compassion leaves us feeling both good and loving. Yet it is poisonous.
Words are powerful. A slight twist in meaning can lead to violence and death at the hands of people convinced they ride a white stallion.
When justice and mercy complete one another they beget sacrifice not attack.
Father in heaven, let your justice and compassion flow into our hearts and through our lives. Let your kingdom come and your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Amen.