HOMILY FOR WEDNESDAY OF THE 5TH WEEK OF LENT.
THEME: If Jesus the Son of God makes you free, you will be free indeed.
BY: Fr. Deotacious Chikontwe, SMA.
*READINGS OF THE DAY*
Resp Psalm Daniel 3:52-56
*FROM OUR FIRST READING*
There is a line in the prophet Isaiah where God, addressing his people in exile, says through the prophet, ‘When you walk through fire, you will not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you’. That divine promise is expressed in story form in today’s first reading. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego have been thrown into the fiery furnace but it does no consume them. The angel of the Lord is with them in the furnace to protect them.
*FROM OUR GOSPEL READING*
The word Freedom, is the most used word of our time. Freedom, as we know, can mean different things to different people. In this morning’s gospel reading, Jesus speaks of freedom. He declares, ‘the truth will make you free’. A little further on in the gospel, Jesus will declare, ‘I am the truth’. Jesus declares himself to be the source of true freedom. As he says in our reading this morning, ‘If the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.
Dear Friends in Christ, It is Jesus who can free us from the enslavement of sin; through the gift of the Spirit, he can empower us to live as God wants us to live, to love as God loves, to be perfect as God is perfect. This is what Paul calls ‘the glorious freedom of the children of God’, the freedom to live in accordance with God’s purpose for our lives. This is authentic freedom, and Jesus, and the Spirit he pours into our hearts, is the source of such freedom. Saint Paul expresses this truth very simply, ‘where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom’ (2 Corinthians 3:17).
*LET US PRAY*
Dear Jesus, I do not wish to be a slave of sin or to hurt you in any way. My Lord, sometimes I feel almost dead inside. Please help me to love you and your Father with love as perfect as your own. And open my eyes so that I see how much you love me. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
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