Posted by: livingscripture | June 27, 2010

Thirteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

 For freedom Christ has set us free; so stand firm and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery.

                                                   Galatians 5: 1

 How should we live this Word

 Christ has set us free.  It is like saying that Jesus paid a very high price to free us from sin, from meaninglessness, from the yoke that traps us when we do not live the Covenant, the pact of love that God has stipulated with us, because we run after idols instead.  We know that idols are the cause of enslavement and death.  Unfortunately, these at first fascinate us with their false beguiling smiles.  At first they habituate us to their way and give us the illusion of being free.

 Instead, true freedom, the one with which Christ has freed us, is the interior freedom of the Beatitudes.  We are free in the measure in which we live deeply the attitude of detachment from our possessions and what we live, such as time, money, success, power, plans, or the desire to manage our own lives as owners.  A life that draws inspiration from the Beatitudes is that of a son or daughter who has trust in a Father who knows what they need.  This is why they entrust themselves!  They collaborate responsibly in God’s plan, but with a serene heart, free of attachments.  All belongs to God.  All is given for our use.  There is no need to appropriate anything.

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will ask the Holy Spirit to see if I live Christ’s freedom.

 Spirit of the Lord, Spirit of freedom, grant me a heart that is enamored of Christ, grasped by the beatitudes of His Gospel.  I will walk securely toward true freedom which is the freedom to love God and love everyone in Him.

 The voice of Pope Leo the Great

 Learn to exercise the virtue of moderation in all that caresses your senses.  It is only when the flesh, that is full of desires contrary to the spirit, is under the dominion of the soul are we healthy and free, truly well and free.  Then in fact, the body follows the judgment of the soul and follows the sure guide of God.

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