Audio Readings October 15, 2012 Monday of the 28th Week in Ordinary Time

Galatians 4:22-24, 26-27, 31–5:1;Psalm 113:1-7; Luke 11:29-32

Saint Teresa of Jesus, Virgin and Doctor of the Church

“For freedom Christ set us free.” (Galatians 5:1)

Slavery is a painful topic to think about. There is nothing worse than imagining ourselves or our loved ones being owned by another per­son. From ancient times even to the present day, there have been people who have no qualms about holding others enslaved—and it always leads to pain and suffering.

Today’s first reading tells us that slavery can be spiritual as well as physical. We can be enslaved to sin or even to the lies of the devil. But the great news is that Jesus is more than able to set us free. Each and every one of us can know full libera­tion in Christ!

But if Jesus really has set us free, why does he still expect us to follow so many rules? And why do his clos­est friends tend to call themselves his servants? Isn’t freedom about being able to do what we think is best for us and not having to follow someone else?

Here’s where we need to make an important distinction. Yes, our Father does want us to obey his commands, but only because he knows what is best for us. He gives us his laws so that we can flourish and become more and more like his Son. Sin, on the other hand, does not have our best interests in mind—and neither does the devil. All they want is to darken the image of God in us so that we are no lon­ger able to reach our full potential in Christ.

What’s more, God asks us to choose to obey him; the devil wants to take away our free will and treat us more like his puppets than his partners. Our God is not a slave driver. He is a loving Father who delights in showering us with his love and grace every day. Yes, he expects us to obey him, but he is exceedingly generous in helping us every step of the way—and in filling us with joy as we follow him!

Jesus really did come to set us free—free to know his love and receive his grace. Let’s step into that freedom by choosing the path of grace-filled obedience!

“Jesus, help me to believe in your love for me. Come, Lord, and empower me to remain faithful to you.” ~WAU

 

 

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About gemdk

I am a cradle Catholic who made my first Holy Communion over 5o years ago at All Saints Catholic Church in Houston,TX in 1961. Went to Mass every Sunday as a child and teen and then young adult. Fell away for about 12 years in the late 80's, early 90's and then realized what was missing in my life was my Catholic upbringing and faith. Found my home at Sacred Heart in Crosby. Filling up the void I had for those 12 years in more ways than I can imagine, loving every minute of it. But this blog is not about me as much as it is for me and anyone who wants/needs to hear the word of God. I'm merely the instrument God uses to post the readings.
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