From the Word of the Day
They answered him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free? (John 8: 33)
A group of Pharisees begin to believe in Jesus. That intense, difficult dialogue impassions them and prepares their hearts to accept aspects of the truth they did not know. However, Jesus is not soft with them. He does not stop at the first sign of friendliness. He wants them to understand the intuition of truth in all its importance: “If you remain in my word, you will truly be my disciples; you will know the truth and the truth will set you free”.
The vestiges of the past and the need for orthodoxy block these embryonic believers. Connecting truth to liberty makes them rigid. “But we are free!” they answer. As descendants of Abraham, they feel privileged, excluded from any need of salvation, of ulterior liberation. The presumption of being already in place newly alienates them from Jesus.
Truly, even in this case Jesus is a sign of contradiction that reveals what is in people’s heart. A good thought is not enough. The novelty of the Gospel must be accepted and allowed to work in us until every minimum expression of our being is evangelized and converted to Jesus.
In my pause for silent contemplation, I will review this episode and look at my own heart. Am I truly and deeply evangelized and converted to Jesus, at least, do I desire to be?
Lord, help me in this movement of conversion. Grant that Your truth may draw me and free me and help me not to be afraid of what may follow.
The Voice of the Catechism of the Catholic Church
Truth and freedom are the aspirations of every heart. Jesus tells us that the freedom of the human person, fundamentally self-fulfillment, is tied to truth and, ultimately, truth is Jesus Christ. He is the Word of God; absolute Truth. Being His disciples and following after Him means adhering to the truth that is His person; receiving His grace; opening self to communion with Him. In this experience of listening and communion, each one can recognize that their own existence receives decisive light and true life. In Christ, we accomplish that design of truth for humanity and history that the Father has wanted revealed for our salvation.