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The Word of God and the Body of God reveal each other -- the homily worships both.

April 04, 2006

For Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Lent

John 8:31-42

Christ opened his Gospel today with the following declaration.
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.

“The truth will set you free.”
For men and women of today, these may be among the most difficult words in the Gospel.
Many lack a sense of what authentic freedom is.
Many also doubt the existence of objective and eternal truths.
Without a sense for real truth and real freedom, how can we understand this teaching of Jesus?
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.

Faith in God opens the way for us to understand this.
We acknowledge that the teaching of Jesus gives us truth itself.
Learning from him and following him gives us freedom.
From our childhood lessons we recall the truth that we are made for happiness through knowing, serving and loving God now and forever.
By way of paradox, this child’s lesson is the way to a very adult freedom.
Without obedience to the truth, all our supposed liberties simply collapse into self-destruction, addictions, slavery and boredom with life itself.
If we live according to the teaching of Christ, we will be free.
We see this freedom in the lives of persons such as Mother Teresa: a freedom to give yourself away to God and neighbor without holding anything back.
Such a witness is both a great challenge and a most attractive beauty.
Perhaps the simultaneously challenging and attractive example of such witnesses is the best and most honest way to teach the truth of today’s Gospel.
We would serve the Lord and the world well if we gave such witness with our own lives.
If we live according to the teaching of Christ, we will be free.
If we live as he lives in his Eucharist, we will be free.
In his Eucharist he gives himself away to the Father and to us without holding anything back.
He is free in every sense of the word.

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The weekdays of the Fifth Week of Lent have a special "Preface" for the Eucharistic Prayer. The Preface sets the tone. Click HERE to read it.

UT IN OMNIBUS GLORIFICETUR DEUS
That God Be Glorified in All







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