Images of the jubilee year and the Magnificat yield a perspective on justice in an unjust world. Justice is characterized by external restructuring and re-lease and by internal rejoicing, both in the sense of relief and in the sense of renewal for the struggle.
Justice, then, is clearly an ongoing task. The jubilee was intended to recur every 50 years—roughly every generation or two. There is an implicit recognition that injustice will continue to reign. The rejoicing associated with justice is not simply a joy at things accomplished, but is a joy at the task of bringing about justice, a joy in the struggle itself.
But how is justice brought out of injustice? If the jubilee does not provide a blueprint for justice, but only suggests an image and a vocation toward justice, how do we move from injustice to justice in our ruptured world? In a world ruptured by injustice, what are the possibilities of reclamation?
An example of a recent attempt to bring about justice out of injustice may help clarify what is at stake in the reversal of injustice and the reclamation of justice. As Johanna Masilela's story provides a modern parable of injustice, so the story of the Rainbow Workers Cooperative may provide at least a partial parable of justice. A look at the story of the Rainbow Workers Cooperative offers some lessons for justice in an unjust world.