“I heard what seemed to be the loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, crying, ‘Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God, for his judgments are true and just; he has judged the great harlot who corrupted the earth with her fornication’” (Rev 19:1-2).
The praise of divine justice is part of the honour we want to give to our Father, because He also glorifies Himself when He makes justice prevail.
Justice is intimately connected with truth and the salvific order that flows from it. When people do evil and do not turn away from their sinful ways, when their will is constantly inclined to evil and they even consent to it, when this evil causes great harm, then God’s justice must restore the right order. The great multitude in heaven looks forward to this and praises God because “His judgments are true and just”.
We too, who still live on earth, have a deep longing for justice and want it to prevail. We suffer when injustice, corruption and lies spread, when “the great harlot” corrupts and harms humanity.
We suffer when, in spite of the plagues that God allows to befall humanity, people are not converted, as another passage in Revelation describes: “The kingdom of the beast was in darkness; men gnawed their tongues in anguish and cursed the God of heaven for their pain and sores, and did not repent of their deeds” (Rev 16:10-11).
Waiting for justice to be established is done with absolute trust in our Father, with the certainty that He will, in His wisdom, bring order to all things according to His holy will. Thus we await the return of our Lord Jesus Christ at the End of Time, knowing that the Father has given Him judgement and that it is therefore in good hands.