Jesus is our model for freely choosing and being totally committed. He showed us what it means to be"resolutely determined." Love moved him and he freely chose to fulfill his mission, to persevere no matter what or who got in the way. He would not change his mind. His decision was firm.
The words of Paul and Jesus speak to us about our fears, our commitments and attachments. They are challenging us to reflect upon who we’re following in the areas of our lives where we come to recognize that we are not following God's lead.
If I consider myself to be a disciple of Christ, then I am saying yes to putting my faith and relationship with God above and before all other people, activities and goods. It means that I invite God to inspire within me the kind of Love that moves me to choose God in everything, everywhere, under all circumstances and to be ‘resolutely determined’ to follow the will of God.
But, the ‘spirit is willing, the flesh is weak’ and so we get overly attached to people, activities and goods. Jesus is not saying that we should not love and respect members of our family or be mindful and grateful for our blessings. But we are being asked to consider them secondary to God so that we are fully free to love God and love neighbor.
By reflecting on our attachments and how they serve our discipleship or how they keep us from being and remaining resolutely determined to journey home, we can understand why Saint Paul, in today’s passage from Galatians, emphasizes freedom so much. Saint Paul reminds them that they have a freedom that is marked by life in the Spirit that makes possible living in accordance with God's will.
Freedom is not to be experienced as unlimited and unimpeded self-indulgence. The freedom God desires us to experience is to freely choose love over all else. To choose Truth. To choose beauty. To choose life. To choose all of these with singular passion, focus and commitment.
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CampusPadre is a college ministry Priest Chaplain with 30 years experience in youth and young adult ministry, who strives to let the Holy Spirit lead and challenges students to seek holiness above all.