YOU ARE FREE INDEED!
⏰Monday of the Nineteenth Week of Ordinary Time (14 August 2017 – Memorial of St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe)
????Deut 10:12-22; Ps 147:12-13, 14-15, 19-20 (R.v.12a); Matt 17:22-27
By virtue of your baptism, you have been set free from the bondage of sin and initiated into the royal family of God. And the good news is this, “If the Son makes you free, you will be really free” (John 8:36). When you enjoy that freedom, there is nothing that can tie you down again and no earthly power can oppress you. Jesus already paid a price for you.
In Matt 17:27, he paid a price for himself and for Peter because Peter was with him. He is also willing to pay your own outstanding debts. But, are you also with him?
To be with him, you need to heed the call of Moses to the people of Israel in Deut 10:12-22. In summary, he tells us that our followership and worship of God must go beyond mere observance of the law and ritualism. We must keep the law of the Lord in our hearts and soul, and live them out in our lives by loving and our neighbour.
That equally means that now that we have been set free, we must work hard to set others free from injustice, oppression and poverty. Nobody is too poor that he has nothing to contribute, and no one is too rich that he is in need of nothing.
St. Maximilian Kolbe continued to touch people’s lives even to the point of death. He was a priest. During the Nazi persecution, he harboured many refugees who were Jews and so was arrested and sent to jail. While in jail, a prisoner escaped and the officials decided to execute a prisoner as a deterrent to others. When a young man who has a young family was chosen, Maximilian Kolbe volunteered to die in his place so that he would be released.
You might be the miracle that another person has been praying for. Make effort to touch a life and then watch Jesus take care of your own affairs.
May the Lord set you free from all that is keeping you hostage so that you may be free to set others free. Amen.
I wish you a miraculous day. Peace be with you.