Posted by: livingscripture | April 9, 2014

Fifth Wednesday of Lent

From the Word of the Day

 

We are descendents of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone.  How can you say, ‘You will become free’?”  (John 8: 33)

 

How should we live this Wordlight

“We have never been slaves to anyone”.  It is as though they were saying, we are already free.  But can an affirmation like this be made with such certainty?  Is freedom already a given in the life of believers?  On the one hand, Christ has made us free.  On the other hand, faith is a continuous journey in which we nourish ourselves gradually with the Lord’s gift and we gradually become true.

Christ and His Word are for us as offer of freedom on which to draw in order to learn to live and act as free persons.  In reality, we do not know well what the Freedom given by God is.  We know the freedom of doing what we want to do, of movements, of choices.  But freedom, the gift of God, is first of all freedom of heart, a vital breath within that sweeps away the old person to give breath to the new person.

Freedom, as God’s gift, is the freedom to be able to give ourselves because we are not interiorly chained.  We are free of slavery to money, to power, to esteem, to honor, to excessive preoccupation with ourselves.  We are free from social conditioning that robs our identity and gives us masks.  We are free to give.

We are sufficiently free to understand that we are not completely so; that liberty is a continuous gift and a continuous conquest and implies the need to struggle.  For the Jews who disputed with Christ, freedom was the direct consequence of belonging to the chosen people, the people of Abraham.  It was given at birth.  This sense of security built the wall of separation from Jesus.  Instead, our only certainty is knowing that the truth will make us free, and that truth is a freedom that we always long for and always seek.

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I shall turn to Jesus and ask Him to make me truly free to love Him and others.

Lord, do not allow me to be deluded by thinking that I am completely free.  Help me always to realize that freedom is a growth process.  The more I grow in You and in Your love, the freer I become. 

The voice of George Bernanos, Author 

The greatest threat to freedom does not consist in letting it be taken from us, because if it is allowed to be taken, it can always be reacquired.  It is rather, in unlearning how to love it, and no longer understanding it.

 

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