March 6, 2007: Tuesday of the Second Week of Lent

TRUE FREEDOM

The Church greets the dawn with Morning Prayer throughout the year. Each day, we can pray the Canticle of Zechariah [Luke 1:68-79] along with a multitude around the world. This prayer also is part of our Lent though it might be said every day. After all, Lent is just an intensification of certain aspects of Christian worship and practice. So it is that every day, the Church prays:

“[We should] remember [H]is holy covenant, the oath he swore to our father Abraham, to grant us that we, being delivered from the hands of our enemies, might serve [H]im without fear, in holiness and righteousness before [H]im all the days of our life.”

The words of this canticle call for freedom of a true sort. Political freedom, economic freedom, and other mortal forms of freedom can be good in themselves, but will often be used wrongly. Freedom often becomes no more than another name for slavery to the Principalities and Powers as St. Paul called them, the Invisible Hands as Adam Smith called them.

True freedom can be had only by serving the Lord our God. True freedom will be realized in the world of the resurrected for those deemed worthy of becoming friends and companions of the Son of God, sharing the very Life of God. While only God Himself can make us worthy, or deem us worthy despite our lowly state, He wants us to at least turn to Him, to serve Him with proper worship. He wants us to rend our hearts, to bow before Him, to humble ourselves before our Maker, to empty ourselves.

We have thought of the glorification that will come when God fills us up with His Son, a process we start by receiving the true Body and Blood of Christ in the Eucharistic Rite. For now, we should perhaps simply serve God and that means also to serve our brothers on earth. We have weeks to go and we should continue to pay strict attention to God. We need to pray, fast, and give alms. We need to attend Mass when possible — daily if at all possible. We need to pray to God morning, noon, and night. We have our duties in the mortal realm and God doesn’t expect any but those consecrated to Him to be always serving Him, but something like a tithing of our time to our Lord is appropriate. This doesn’t necessarily mean a full ten percent, but it does mean a regular, daily giving of our time to serve our Lord in prayer and worship and in doing good for His needy children on earth.

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