Posted by: livingscripture | October 13, 2014

Twenty-eighth Monday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day


For freedom Christ 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 jcheart

Here St. Paul focuses on a powerful summary of the Christian faith.  It should be said right away that these words are a light that devours the darkness of many mistaken interpretations of the Gospel.  We can define ourselves as human beings only if we are truly free.  Otherwise, we are closely akin to animals.  However, the concept of freedom must be always renewed.  It is not freedom from all duties and all laws, but doing what must be done, even if unpleasant, because in this way we contribute to our true good and that of everyone else.

Jesus is the true Liberator of humanity.  Basing His life and His teachings on love of God and love of neighbor, He freed us from slavery, that of sin and also that of a life weighed down by too many moralistic minutiae and heavy practices that are no longer appropriate for today.

Paul invites us to remain firm on the strong and fruitful land of freedom, that of the children of God and never fall into religious fanaticism lacking the breath of life.  Therefore, we must not enslave ourselves to religious practices that are heavy and ponderous and impede our heart from breathing in Jesus Christ.  We are to soar in the heavens of what He teaches us in the Word of God and what faithful Tradition gives us even today.  In this way our life is continually finalized to what really counts, learning to love with the freedom of God’s children.

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will breathe in the fresh air of God’s love, asking him to help me live as His dear child.

Love is the fruit of freedom.  Lord, You free me from egoism in the measure that I listen to Your Word every day.  Transform my life, Lord. 

The voice of Gustave Thibon, French Philosopher and Author 

By wanting to put freedom where it is not, we destroy freedom where God has placed it.  If we do not accept being relatively free, we will be absolute slaves.


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