Since the suspension of public masses in Victoria, I started reading the Book of Lamentations. The other day, I came across Lamentations 2:14 that says Your prophets have seen false and foolish things for you: and they have not laid open your iniquity, to excite you to penance: but they have seen for you false revelations and banishments. This verse resonates with me because I see myself, as a preacher of God’s Word as a prophet. I therefore must be careful in what I say, that it must always be the truth from God’s perspective. I cannot present my own perspective of things because if I do, this will not lead people to God. The purpose of a prophet, as this verse shows is to see true and wise things FOR the people. It is to speak the Truth of God so people will repent. If I do not speak God’s Truth, I speak false revelations and lead people to reject God, which is sin, which leads to eternal damnation.
Which is why Jesus said in the Gospel today, if you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free. The reason why those who preach the Word of God must speak HIS Truth is God's Truth sets people free to follow God and free to live the life God has planned for them.
The three young men in the First Reading refused to worship the statue the king created and were sentenced to be burned. Some may ask, where is the freedom here? But if we look at the story, as they were in the furnace, God sent an angel to protect them from the flame. They were free to worship God even in the midst of captivity, even as they were serving their death sentence. In the end, they were brought out and the king realized the power of God. This is the freedom God wants us to have: to be free to worship him, because it is this freedom that makes us who God wants us to be.
Jesus said, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not have a permanent place in the household, the son has a place there forever. So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed. Jesus wants us to live a life that is free to worship God in Spirit in Truth. He has power to make that happen. He is able to set us free from whatever sin binds us, that prevents us from worshiping God in Spirit and Truth.
Today is a call to look at ourselves and see what hinders us from living a life of True freedom, one that freely worships God that brings peace and joy. Today is a call to look at ourselves and see what enslaves us, that prevents us from coming to God. It could be unbelief, it could be fear, it could be shame. Yet, Jesus wants to set us free. But this is possible only when we come to him, and ask him to set us free. We do this by admitting our inability to set ourselves free. We do this by seeing the Truth from the eyes of God and seeing ourselves as God sees us: someone he loves, someone who needs healing, someone who needs him. Come to Jesus, child of God. He waits.
Lord, here I am. I do not know what to say, but give me eyes to see your Truth, and change my heart so I can truly follow you. Take me with all my faults. I surrender what prevents me from seeing you. Take Lord, and let me know YOUR Truth, and set me free.