The second reading on Sunday, the 13th Sunday of Ordinary Time, draws our attention to the tension between freedom and obedience; liberty and service.
In the UK there has been much talk of independence in recent months; and not a little snapping, even of ‘tearing each other to pieces’. There has been also – for many – a keen awareness of the importance for our social/political health of being co-responsible for each other, of relating well with our neighbours, individual neighbours and neighbouring nations. But there is still much to be done to find health together again.
When Christ freed us, he meant us to remain free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery. My brothers, you were called, as you know, to liberty; but be careful, or this liberty will provide an opening for self-indulgence. Serve one another, rather, in works of love…
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