Making Service Personal Reflection

January, 2015

A Liberating Mission

    We don’t call Jesus “the liberator” for nothing. His liberating presence to the demoniacs was a sign that God is at work in the world. But Jesus’ exorcisms provoked wonder about the source of his power. His relatives thought he was out of his mind. His adversaries accused him of being in league with the devil. For Jesus, however, his power was God’s Spirit. His exorcisms were like “tying up the strong man” so as to render the evil spirit powerless and clear the way for something new—God’s reign of mercy. Liberation leaves the mark of mercy’s victory over suffering 
"Letting go of bitterness, anger, suspicion, stereotypes, and judgment frees both us and the other to be better."
of any sort. The gravest sin is to remain indifferent to suffering and so to perpetuate it.
      Liberation was Jesus’ mission, and now it is ours to do in his spirit. To continue this mission of liberation, what would you change to show that mercy rules? Rather than focusing on changing externals (bureaucracy, authority figures, difficult people) over which we really have no control, how about changing what we can—our minds? Letting go of bitterness, anger, suspicion, stereotypes, and judgment frees both us and the other to be better.
      Living under God’s reign of mercy requires a profound change in our way of thinking, seeing, and acting. To participate in the mission of liberating mercy we must first release all that holds our hearts in bondage. Only then will we cooperate with the power of the Spirit to set another free.

Fr. Richard Gula



  Archive of past Reflections, Below  

Past Reflections

February 15, 2016 God's Economy 
March 8, 2015 Christian Ideal 
February 1, 2015 Jesus did not come to discuss the Law nor to challenge the Roman Empire 
January 4, 2015 A Liberating Mission 
August 7, 2011 Jesus is the Lord of all Things 
July 3, 2011 Geographical Proximity 
April 3, 2011 Are the Poor with us? 
February 13, 2011 War & Peace 
January 30, 2011 To Give or to Get? 
December 19, 2010 Your Talent - God's Gift 
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