Once in the school, we had a guy from army coming to speak to us. I would love to say that I listened very carefully everything he was saying but truth is that I didn’t listen at all. Instead I was very busy making fun of him, making noises and disturbing others. Why? Because I was free, I thought. I could do anything I wanted except what I really wanted. I did exactly what was expected of me. I lived in illusion of freedom, but I wasn’t free.
In our lives there are often areas where we are not truly free. We are prisoners to our desires, to sin, to addictions…
Today’s culture says: You can choose anything… anything we offer you. But don’t try to be different. Very often we don’t even realize that we are prisoners. Until we are challenged:
“The other day we were playing some music and I just felt like I really wanted to have a little dance. Just to move in the rhythm. However I looked around thinking what will other people think and didn’t do anything.”
Jesus comes to us with great contradiction to our culture. He comes to bring liberation.
“I have come to set prisoners free” Luke 4:18, Isaiah 61:1
He comes to bring freedom into every part of our lives. And he gives it for free. During the season of lent we quietened ourselves and gave up any distractions, anything that could keep us from freedom. Now we celebrate that freedom through Easter time. We celebrate the reality that the chains are broken and the prisons of our hearts are open. So let us accept and receive that freedom. Let us experience the Kingdom of God.
In the letter to Romans is written that The Kingdom of God is in righteousness, joy and peace of the Holy Spirit, so every-time we experience true joy, peace or love we experience God’s kingdom in our lives.
As St. Patrick says: “Christ be beside me, Christ be before me, Christ be around me …” He is here, everywhere, surrounding us in his loving embrace. Let us choose him.
Choose freedom today...