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Reflections

24 March 2021

Reading and meditation on the Word of God on Wednesday of 5th week of Lent, March 24, 2021


They did not want to worship any god except their own God. Reading and meditation on the Word of God on Wednesday of the 5th week of Lent, March 24, 2021. Reading is delivered by Llyod Francis and meditation delivered Eka Wahyu (from Saint Peter’s School in Jakarta, Indonesia). Daniel 3: 14-20.24-25.28; Rs psalm Daniel: 3: 52.54.55.56; John 8: 31-42.

FREEDOM FROM GOD

Our meditation today has the theme: Freedom From God. The Lord God whom we believe in is the Ruler of all things. He graces us with all kinds of blessings so that we can live according to His will. Of all these graces, there is a particular grace that characterizes our basic dignity as human persons, which we commonly call the human nature. In our nature, freedom is one of most particular characteristics that signifies our genuineness, which greatly distinguishes human persons from other living beings.

Human freedom points us in two directions. The first is our freedom to do the will of God. Our privilege as children of God reinforces this positive character of freedom. As sons and daughters of God, we have rights and obligations as the believers. The calling of each of us in connection with service in the Church and the professions we have in society are the clear manifestations of this freedom. We follow Christ who calls each one of us. To make this happen we need to choose and to decide freely.

Jesus Christ as the Son of God who was sent by the Father to the world as the savior, established the second type of freedom, namely from the dominion of sin, Satan, and worldly influence which is shown by those who oppose God. If we perceive the positive freedom just mentioned above as the realization of the identity of each follower of Christ, this negative freedom which is moved by Jesus Christ should be perceived as a weapon that equips us. Jesus’ power, teachings, commandments, and the strength of the cross are powerful instruments we use against the various dark forces.

This negative freedom gives a stronger challenge to us, because what we are facing is all forms of negative elements in this world. With the power of Jesus Christ, we must be able to overcome it. Jesus Christ did that by taking all our sins and nailing them on the cross together with His own body. His death really became a victory, brought forgiveness to us, and reconciled us with God. We can call God as the Father because Jesus has reconciled us with the Father and freed us from slavery of sin and evil.

In the book of the prophet Daniel, this second type of freedom was shown by the three youth of the Jewish believers, namely Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego who escaped from the idolatrous acts that were about to be inflicted on them. This power of liberation was able to change King Nebuchadnezzar’s stubborn heart to acknowledge the power of God as high as what his chosen people put their faith, love and hope. Let’s pray. In the name of the Father … O God almighty, through Your proclamation of the Word today, may we receive from You the graces that strengthen our freedom as Your sons and daughters. Glory to the Father … In the name of the Father …

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