‘It is right and just’

10 Oct

Let us give thanks to the Lord.

It is right and just.

These words precede the Preface of our Eucharistic Prayer at Mass.

Of course  it is right to thank God for all he has done for us. He is our Creator, Redeemer and Advocate. He is Father, S0n and Spirit. He has formed us into his family; in Christ we are his sons and daughters; in Christ he has called us  into the Body of Christ, into the reality, mission and  mystery of Church.

It is indeed right to give him thanks.

But, how does justice fit in? Why is it just to give thanks to God?

If you want to be treated justly, that means you want people to respect your personal freedom to pursue happiness and security. You want what is coming to you — you want what your truly deserve.

That’s what it means to be just in thanking God. He deserves our thanks and  our praise. He deserves our fidelity and obedience. He deserves our commitment to the mission of Christ on earth — to extend to all people the divine invitation of eternal life.

It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation, always and everywhere to give you thanks, Father most holy, through your beloved Son, Jesus Christ, your Word through whom you made all things, whom you sent as our Savior and Redeemer, incarnate by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin. … (Preface for Eucharistic Prayer II)

Indeed, it is right and just!

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