Posted by: livingscripture | October 24, 2013

Twenty-ninth Thursday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“Now that you have been freed from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit that you have leads to sanctification, and its end is eternal life.”

 (Romans 6: 22)

            

How should we live this Word?pope_bethlehem_3[1]

What a strange game from always, the one between freedom and slavery!  Absolute liberty does not exist.  It is the shallow thought of a naïve person, of someone immature.  In the same way, absolute slavery does not exist either.  No one is a slave in everything and forever.  And yet, throughout our life, we rebel and we search for another freedom.

Perhaps, the best perspective is to reread everything in the light of relationships, which is the opposite of absolute!  Freedom is a gift we receive from the web of gestures that accompany our whole existence.  To be free of or free from can anesthetize relationships in which we are immersed and make them sterile and useless.

To be in relationship for, emphasizes the responsibility that each one of us has to receive and use this gift of freedom.  What’s more, it defines that gift from the perspective of service, of placing oneself at the disposition of another.  Thus, it makes us free to serve!

Today in my time of silent contemplation, I will thank God for creating me free, free to love, free to serve, free to thank.

Lord, help me to recognize every aspect of self-reference present in my plans, my choices, my desires and grant that I may be Your servant.  Let this be the vocation that I discover in myself and that matures me.

The Voice of the Liturgy 

Great and merciful God, remove every obstacle on our journey toward You, so that in serenity of body and spirit, we may freely dedicate ourselves to your service.

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