Dilexisti iustitiam, et odisti iniquitatem: propterea
unxit te Deus, Deus tuus, oleo laetitiae prae consortibus tuis.
“You love justice, and you hate inequity, hence God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of joy in the presence of your companions.” (Ps 45(44):8)
While iustitiam (“justice”) spectacularly reaches the highest note of the entire chant – it is repeated at odisti (“you hate”), but just in a quick transition – the opposite noun iniquitatem (“inequity”) attracts little attention. The chant does not evoke the bad, but rather shouts out the good.
God is with all those who do good. That is what we might keep in mind from this introit. This feast day is not about magic rituals or divine arbitrariness. It is a message for those who want to follow Jesus: Love justice, be good, just like the God who gives you the power of goodness (cf. Ti 2:11–14 from the New Testament Reading).