Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” They answered him, “We are descendants of Abraham and have never been slaves to anyone. What do you mean by saying, ‘You will be made free’?”
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The critics of Jesus were as delusional then about what freedom is as we often are today. We value freedom but we have never known it. Not anywhere, at any time, in any country. We may clutch dreams of it in a song or feel a breeze of it stroking our face but nothing more. We are born captive. What Christ offers to us is the freedom to choose to be captive to the unconditional love of God and to let it shape our existence, our purpose, our lives. Love gives us the power and the will to freely choose captivity. Only those who have received the love that they did not and could not ever earn completely understand that. If you do not, I beg you to get to know Christ. Don't waste any time. Today is a good day for the truth. Today is a good day for love.
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May your love run with mad abandon in our hearts and minds, O Lord. Amen.