Free

March 24, 2021

Each day during Lent, I am highlighting a Lenten Word (or phrase) of the Day from the readings of the day. I encourage you to reflect on this word or phrase and incorporate it in your prayers today.

“If you remain in my word, you will truly be my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31-32)

FREE: ‘Free’ is an interesting word. One definition of free is ‘without cost’ – yet we all know ‘freedom’ comes with a price. In the passage above, Jesus distinguishes between a life of doing whatever we please versus doing what we know is right – following the truth.

Later in this same gospel, Jesus describes people only concerned with meeting their own needs and desires – a perceived ‘free’ life – as being “slaves to sin.” It takes more and more of the desired behavior to satisfy them, so they become consumed with it, literally slaves to it. What kind of freedom is that?

Jesus argues that we can get the same ‘rush’ from serving others – from loving God and others. Truth – the good – will fill us and satisfy us. We then become a slave to truth.

For Lenten prayer today, ask for the courage to follow your heart rather than your selfish desires. Consider going to confession prior to Easter – when the tomb will be empty and we will rise to new life, a fresh start. That is freedom.

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