Gospel: Jn 8:31-42 “Jesus and Abraham“
April 10, 2019 | Wednesday
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.”
Truly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave. From the moment sin entered the word; it has enslaved mankind since time immemorial. A slave is someone who is not free, not free to do what he ought to do for himself, for others and for God. Saint John Paul II once famously said that “freedom consists not in doing what we like but in having the right to do what we ought.” Freedom is not just doing what one like and never caring for its consequences. Freedom is the right to do what you have to do. Jesus through his paschal mystery has freed us from this ancient slavery to sin and has given us the freedom of the sons and daughters of God. Use your God-given freedom wisely!