One Minute Reflection – 10 April – Wednesday of the Fifth week of Lent, Year C. Gospel John 8:31–42
“If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples and you will know the truth and the truth will make you free.”...John 8:31-32
REFLECTION – “We learn that there is no opposition between serving God and being free. The more we act in accord with God’s law and will, the freer we become. “There is no true freedom except in the service of what is good and just. The choice to disobey and do evil is an abuse of freedom and leads to the slavery of sin” (CCC, 1733). As children of God, we are moved to act righteously not by slavish fear but by the Holy Spirit in freedom and out of love.
Freedom is not an indifferent ability to sin or to do good. True freedom is a share in God’s freedom and is ordered to the good. The nearer we approach God through moral progress, the less we are inclined to sin and abuse our freedom. Knowledge of God (knowing the truth) and love for God (living according to the truth), make us truly free. On our own, we are powerless to break free from the devil and the bondage of sin. Christ alone can liberate us and make us sons of the Father. This is the great mystery we contemplate as we approach Holy Week.”…Fr Jason Mitchell
PRAYER – God of mercy, shed Your light on our hearts that are being purified by penance and in Your goodness, give us a favourable hearing. Teach us to work with You and for You and thus fill the world with Your Spirit. In Christ our Saviour, we become a new creation and all things are renewed. May the prayers of St Magdalena of Canossa, who gave herself completely to You, assist us to do the same. Through Christ our Lord, with the Holy Spirit, God forever, amen.