“May our mouths be filled with Your praise, O Lord, that we may sing of Your glory. For You made us worthy to partake of Your holy, divine, immortal and life-giving Mysteries. Preserve us in Your holiness that we may meditate all day upon Your justice. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.” (Thanksgiving Hymn of the Byzantine Divine Liturgy, after Communion)
After receiving Holy Communion, I am called to “meditate upon,” that is, attend to or study (μελετάω), the Lord’s “justice” or “righteousness” (δικαιοσύνη) all day. It is the “righteousness” or “justice” of Christ that is our source of “righteousness” and “justice”; He is the source of our sense of right and wrong, as well as any other “worthiness” we can possess. When we partake of Him, in His grace, in His Mysteries, we partake also of His divine “justice” and carry it with us into our world.
What is Christ’s kind of “righteousness”? It is a righteousness that justifies teachable sinners. That is, sinners willing to re-focus, according to His loving guidance. That is, sinners willing to let go of self-righteousness and self-justification, and accept His righteousness and justice as a gift. I inevitably cease to be self-righteous and self-justifying, when I remember this simple truth, that it is God Who is the one source of justice and holiness.
Today I gratefully "meditate upon" this simple truth, and thank Him for including me in His call: “I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” (Lk 5: 32)