Share: A moment from today when you felt close to God, and a moment when you felt far from God.
Read: John 8.31-33
Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, ‘If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.’ They answered him, ‘We are descendants of Abraham and have never been slaves to anyone. What do you mean by saying, “You will be made free”?’
Reflect: We are people who cherish our freedom. So, much like the people questioning Jesus, we often have a hard time thinking we need to be set free. By what are we bound? Take an honest look at your life, looking for places where you are enslaved to something. What is it you need to be set free from?
God specializes in setting people free, though that freedom does not simply mean the ability to do whatever we want. Jesus says that we will be free when we know the truth. Remember that he IS the truth—so when we are in relationship with Jesus, we will be free. What kind of freedom is that? What does freedom mean? This is not only freedom from things, but freedom for something. What is freedom via relationship with Jesus for? What is he asking of you?
Pray with the words of St. Augustine (again!): O God, you are the light of the minds that know you, the life of the souls that love you, and the strength of the wills that serve you; help us so to know you that we may truly love you; so to love you that we may fully serve you, whom to serve is perfect freedom. Amen.