April 9th, Wednesday Fifth Week of Lent

Knowing the Truth

“You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32

Jesus’ listeners, even those who believed him, had trouble understanding these words. We’re free already, they protested; we’re nobody’s slaves. Twenty-first century North Americans might respond similarly. And what does he mean by “freedom” anyway?

The secret is in “knowing the truth”. This isn’t “knowing” as we know a recipe or the route to the office. It’s closer to the way a baby knows the parent’s voice, personal, relational. We know the truth when we know we belong to God. We’re set free when we look on Christ’s face, wherever he shows himself, and recognize him as our own.

For this kind of freedom, we deeply need what Lent encourages us to do. We turn to prayer. We let go of our things and our usual practices. We empty ourselves. Instead of fleeing suffering and service, we walk with him the way of the cross. We do this together, the whole body of Christ. Not as slaves, but as beloved persons, free to love.

Read: daniel 3: 14-20, 91-92, 95, Daniel 3: 53-56, John 8: 31-42

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