TRULY FREE, WITH NO CONDITIONS
Have you ever bought something and didn’t read the directions. I remember doing this when I was suffering from allergies. I squirted some of the medicine in my nose, and it ran down my throat. It was not pleasant. So I read the directions. Ah. First, tilt your head to the side and watch what happens. It worked most amazingly.
So it makes sense to read the directions of the Creator to learn the best way we can live honorably and peacefully in this world. Dwelling on His Word every day empowers us to become better people in the eyes of God. As time progresses, this solid foundation helps us remain faithful to the Lord, regardless of the circumstances.
This is why Shadrach, Mescheck, and Abednego were free to walk into the blazing furnace in the first reading. They were not afraid to profess their faith in God regardless of what happened. One who looked like the Son of God was with them. The same Son of God who is with us.
Freedom is that power to allow Jesus to give us His increase right in the middle of whatever we are experiencing. If we are afraid, He gives us the courage to do the right thing. If things seem hopeless, Jesus gives us direction when we ask for it. If we are crippled by anxiety about the future, He gives us peace by trusting in His providential care.
Our Lord already knows our lives in all their fullness. He is waiting for us to decide if that is what we want.
IGNITE THE FIRE
Fr. Rick Pilger, IC