"Proclaim Liberty to Captives"

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Jesus came to set us free.  That’s the beautiful and simple truth.  He came to free us from everything that keeps us from living like the God in whose image we were created.  Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead was simply a sign of the triumph that he was to win through his own death and resurrection.  He came to set us free from sin and ultimately, from death itself, so that we could live forever with him, his Father, and their Holy Spirit!

If God loves you that much--and He does--then can you allow Him to free you from whatever holds you bound?  It begins by admitting that you’re not free. Think of all the ways that you live as less than the person you want to be.  Name for yourself all the ways that St. Paul’s words ring true:  “What I do, I do not understand. For I do not do what I want, but I do what I hate” (Rom 7:15).  Can you ask Jesus to free you from these? He longs to meet you in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, to allow you to experience that freedom he won for you.

If you are discerning your own vocation, ponder whether you feel a longing in your heart to help set others free.  Could Jesus be calling you to serve him as a priest, deacon, or religious brother or sister? Ask him to set you free from any fear you feel around your own vocation.

If you are praying for those discerning, pray that Jesus will free them from whatever fears hold them captive and prevent them from being open to God’s will, or to responding to it freely and generously.