(Jn 8, 31-42)
Jesus said to those Jews who believed in him,
“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.”
They answered him, “We are descendants of Abraham
and have never been enslaved to anyone.
How can you say, ‘You will become free’?”
Jesus answered them, “Amen, amen, I say to you,
everyone who commits sin is a slave of sin.
A slave does not remain in a household forever,
but a son always remains.
So if the Son frees you, then you will truly be free.
I know that you are descendants of Abraham.
But you are trying to kill me,
because my word has no room among you.
I tell you what I have seen in the Father’s presence;
then do what you have heard from the Father.”
They answered and said to him, “Our father is Abraham.”
Jesus said to them, “If you were Abraham’s children,
you would be doing the works of Abraham.
But now you are trying to kill me,
a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God;
Abraham did not do this.
You are doing the works of your father!”
So they said to him, “We were not born of fornication.
We have one Father, God.”
Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me,
for I came from God and am here;
I did not come on my own, but he sent me.”
Freedom is not only about physical freedom. It is the first and obvious manifestation but it is not a guarantee. Some people have freedom of movement but they carry their enslavement every day. It is because they live a life of lie. They are not free to be who they really are.
So Jesus invites us to a fuller experience of freedom. To live his truth is to experience fullness of life. The only payment is faith in Him who brings the liberating truth. But how often it is hard for men and women of today to make in act of faith to Jesus ? Like the Jews of our Gospel today, some people cling to their life is okay, that they don’t need others help to make them free. Jesus invites us to a fullness of life by believing in His truth. Our decision for and against determines what kind of life we will live here on earth.
Fr. Paulson V. Veliyannor, CMF