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Sunday, May 29, 2005

Thoughts on Monday's Gospel

MK 12:1-12

On Memorial Day we remember those men and women who gave their lives so that we might live in freedom. These soldiers valued so highly our country and what is stands for that they were willing to sacrifice themselves completely so that we could enjoy the very values that they sought to preserve. Still, I can't help but look at what we have done with this freedom and cannot believe that much of what passes for freedom to day was what these soldiers died for. For some, freedom means simply the ability to do whatever I want, whenever I want. Some don't believe that they are excercising their freedom unless they are doing something shocking, pushing the boundaries. Like the tenents of today's gospel, they do not know the value of what they have been given.

For we are tenents of the freedoms that have been offered to us through the sacrifice of our soldiers and have we forgotten what these freedoms have cost?

In the same way, Christ offered his own life so that we might be free and we have become inheritors of that freedom. Do we truly value all that we have been given through Christ's passion and death? or are we like the bad tenets who seek only what seems to please us?

Don't dishonor the fallen soldiers by using our freedom poorly, rather use your freedom to improve the life of the neediest American.

Don't dishonor Christ by using the freedom he has given us poorly either, rather use your freedom to become more fully the one that God has created.


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