Lenten reflections 2018 - 05 - Wednesday - Fifth week of Lent

 

 

Wednesday - Fifth week of Lent
(Daniel 3: 14-20, 91-92, 95; John 8: 31-42)

 

'If the Son of Man makes you free,
You will be free indeed'

 

What does it mean to be free? Often the answer of the immature and inexperienced person is 'I can do what I want, when I want and how I want, irrespective of the consequences of my action - my right in a democratic country. For the salted - the mature ones - of the earth it means being strong enough not to bow to oppression or submit to the expectations of others. It means being true to Self and living with integrity despite possible danger or threat to ones life. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego knew this kind of freedom. Their lives were centred in the God of Israel, the God who delivered them from bondage. They refused to deny the divine connection that transcends all else, even at the cost of death. Not only does this stand in faith save them but also extends salvation to the King and his followers. What becomes clear in this experience is that God breaks through most powerfully in those experiences where we are completely powerless yet choose to place our trust in God.

 

Jesus continues his struggle to help the Jews understand that it is the Son of Man who makes them free, free from the enslavement of sin. To their reply - 'we have one father - God', Jesus says, 'If God were your father, you would love me'. Jesus is not asking for an emotional bonding, but a love that is much deeper and far more challenging. To love Christ is to love as he does, being willing to stand truthfully against any power that does not serve the god of Jesus, as did Oscar Romero, as did Dorothy Day, as did Rosa Parks and so many others. And we? How much do we love?

 

Breath Prayer:

I breathe in:     'Jesus, my Lord'

I breathe out: 'Grant me the gift of your freedom'

 

 

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