Homily - Grow in Inner Freedom
Sometimes I find that there is so much included in the phrases of the Opening Prayer in the Mass that I need to stop and ponder what it means for my life. Today is a good example. We prayed ‘the abundance of your kindness surpass the merits and the desires of those who entreat you’. We could savour that phrase ‘the abundance of your kindness’ or we might linger on the final phrase in the prayer “you give what prayer does not dare to ask”!
However, we sometimes discover blockages within ourselves. One way we can interpret the allegory of Jesus in today’s Gospel passage is to ask ourselves “Is there anything in my life that I need to acknowledge and change if I am to produce the fruit that God wants in my life and relationships”? When we pray our Mass we come as people who have multiple relationships – for some it is partners in marriage, children, neighbours, work associates, neighbours etc.
I find that it is sometimes in quiet prayer that something surfaces that may initially be rather uncomfortable to acknowledge. It may be precisely that very thing that I need to address if I am to find within the freedom to “love”- myself first and then others (family and friends).
Notice I used the word “free” to love. The beautiful thing about our discipleship of Jesus is that through the gift of the Holy Spirit dwelling within us through our Baptism, He is the source of that inner gift of freedom.
You may like to pray in our Mass that you and your loved ones may experience that “gift” of inner freedom of the Sons and Daughters of God. I pray in this Mass for that gift for you; please pray for that growth in true freedom for me also.