Work for Justice

A Reflection by Amy Andrews and Jessica Mesman Griffith


“It is the will of Christ’s love to be put into the hands of sinners, to trust Himself to men, that he may be their gift to one another, that they may comfort Him in each other, give Him to each other. In this sense, the ordinary life itself becomes sacramental, and every action of anyone at all has an eternal meaning.”


Jess: To work for justice in a fallen world can seem so huge a task that it's overwhelming to even consider an attempt. Where to begin? I love this quote from Houselander because it suggests that we begin in the most basic and accessible way, by seeking justice for those we know and see every day. It is our most commonplace actions with our neighbors that will bring about what Houselander beautifully called the Christing of the world.

Amy: I love this idea of the Christing of the world. Justice should not be thought of as a one-way street, in which privileged people offer what they have to those less fortunate. We are all sinners. We are all broken. Instead we should think of justice as coming through mutual acts of poverty, in which Christ is the only true gift given and received.


 Amy Andrews and Jessica Mesman Griffith

Amy Andrews and Jessica Mesman Griffith

Amy Andrews is a recipient of the Annie Dillard Award for Creative Nonfiction and teaches mathematics at Northwestern University. She lives in Evanston with her husband and two children. Jessica Mesman Griffith's writing has appeared in many publications, including Image and Elle, and has been noted in Best American Essays. She lives in Sweet Briar, Virginia, with her husband and two children.

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