Posted June 30, 2013 by FLL Editorial Team in
 
 

True Freedom

© Tony Fischer Photography

© Tony Fischer Photography

迦拉達書 5:1,13-18, 路加福音 9:51-62

「自由」二字很容易被用作放縱自己的藉口。我們也許會誤以為能隨心所欲,就是自由,但忘記了為所欲為是要承擔後果。

在樂園中,蛇哄騙女人說,吃知善惡樹上的果子決不會死。(創世紀 3:1-5) 這個魔鬼的詭計,結果令人類的祖先忘卻天主的勸誡,犯了原罪,也透露了人類在遵守天主誡命時的軟弱。「就只此一次吧!」「其實也沒甚麼大不了……」我們很容易給自己不同的理由去明知故犯,要付出代價時才後悔。

不明白的人,會覺得教會的規條是束縛,但真正的束縛,其實是罪。

耶穌對那些信他的猶太人說:「你們如果固守我的話,就確是我的門徒,也會認識真理,而真理必會使你們獲得自由。」聽見的人回答說:「我們是亞巴郎的後裔,從未給任何人做過奴隸;怎麼你說:你們要成為自由的呢?」耶穌答覆說:「我實實在在告訴你們: 凡是犯罪的,就是罪惡的奴隸。」(若望福音 8:31-34)

綑綁我們的罪,可以是外在的金錢、名利、物質或肉體上的享受,也可以是我們內在的邪念、慾望、仇恨,甚至憂慮,它的不同化身,令我們往往身陷其中而不自知,但聽守天主的聖言,能一步一步帶我們走出罪惡,認識真理,享受真正的自由。

聖保祿宗徒也為此忠告信徒:「你們蒙召選,是為得到自由;但不要以這自由,作為放縱肉慾的藉口,但要以愛德,彼此服事。」(迦拉達書 5:13)

為了愛天主,讓我們願意放下自我,接受祂的改造;為了愛近人,讓我們願意放下私心,不被邪惡的思想或行為支配,彼此包容服侍,以愛活出天主兒女的身份。

主耶穌,請讓我們懂得固守祢的話,甘心放下我們本性想追求的一切,為能認清真理,得到那真正的自由。亞孟。

Galatians 5.1, 13-18, Luke 9.51-62

‘Freedom’ can easily become our excuse to self-indulge.

We may think that doing what we want is freedom, but overlook the fact that what we do always comes with consequences.

In the Garden of Eden, the snake deceived the woman to eat the forbidden fruit by saying,“You certainly will not die!” (Genesis 3:1-5) This devil’s lie tempted our ancestors to ignore God’s warning, committed the original sin, and revealed man’s weakness in keeping the commandments of God. “Just this time!”, “It’s no big deal ……” It’s easy to rationalize our behaviors.

People often feel the church has too many restrictions for us, but in fact we’re enslaved by sin.

Jesus said to the Jews who believed in him, “If you remain in my word, you will truly be my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” They answered him, “We are descendants of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How can you say, ‘You will become free’?” Jesus answered them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave of sin.” (John 8: 31-34)

Enslavement can be in the form of power, fame, money, or pleasure. It can also be our desires, jealousy, hatred, or evil thoughts that prevent us from following God freely. Sometimes we might not even realize we’ve been enslaved, but through listening to God’s Word and living out His way, we come to know the truth, and the truth sets us free.

St. Paul advised the other believers, “For you were called for freedom, brothers. But do not use this freedom as an opportunity for the flesh; rather, serve one another through love.” (Galatians 5:13)

Lord Jesus, please give us the wisdom and perseverance to follow you in truth, and to obtain that freedom to live out our true identity as God’s children. Amen.


FLL Editorial Team