05 April 2017: Doing What One ought to Do

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Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Reading 1: Dn. 3:14-20, 91-92, 95; Ps.Dn. 3:52, 53, 54, 55, 56; Gospel: Jn. 8:31-42

Freedom is a tricky issue.  Most of us are convinced that if I am able to do anything, then I’m free. If not, then I’m not free.  True freedom is not about doing anything.  It is about doing what one ought to do.  That what we claim we are, we choose to do accordingly – freedom lies in that choice to strive and be fully who we are.  Jesus proves this clearly when he says, “If you claim to be descendants of Abraham, you will act accordingly… If God were your Father, you would love Him…”  The trio of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego knew exactly what they believed in.  They did not need Yahweh to save them in order for their belief to be confirmed.  “Our God… may he save us. But even if not, know O king, that we will not worship your god or anything else.” Nothing ever binds such freedom.

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