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28th Jan. 2018 - 4th Sunday of the Year B

posted 26 Jan 2018, 09:05 by Veronica Yarwood



"After Commentary by John Udris, Pastoral Review, Jan/Feb,


Great teachers are in the business of setting people free.

Great teachers are in the business of emancipation. And

Jesus is the greatest. Jesus Christ sets us free from our

narcissistic ego. He sets us free to be our true selves, the

'who' we are meant to be, made in the image and likeness

of God, body and spirit. Jesus, after all, reveals in his

person, "the 'Thou' before whom our utmost 'I' springs

into awareness. Jesus shows us the 'I Am' before whom

we echo "I am".

(New. Seeds of Contemplation, p 13— Thomas Merton)


So if our religion gives us an inferiority complex, a guilt

complex or any other kind of negative mentality, outlook

or philosophy, we must know we have it wrong by virtue

of misunderstanding or wrong-headed teaching. We need

to sit at the feet of the Master and listen carefully to what

he is saying. When we really hear the Lord, a new mind

dawns, new horizons open up and new possibilities are

put within our reach. All positive.    


Under the influence of the Lord we begin to form a new

mind and we feel anew confidence. So if our religion

makes us feel second rate, inadequate and always

catching up, we are getting or being given the wrong

message. It's nothing to do with the Gospel. It has

nothing to do with Jesus' Good News. No; Jesus' word

makes us come alive. And Jesus teaches with authority.

Jesus always, always, always sets us free, with the

freedom of the children of God.


St. Paul follows his Master. He says to us, for example,

"I would like to see you free from all worry." And Paul

says to us, "I say this only to help you, not to put a halter

round your necks." (1 Cor. 7.32-35) His teaching is

helping us to reach the freedom of the now "to the

measure of the full stature of Christ." (Eph. 4.13).


Paul's priority in all this is unity. Hardly surprising, unity

is God's first priority too. There is only one God! One

being. One 'who'. Our God-given gifts serve that unity

which alone makes for health and vigour, life and

freedom. . . . .reality is to be sought, not in division but in

unity for we are "members one of another".

Communion and community throughout the universe is

the divine intention. Division and disunity is death and

destruction of every person, place and thing, from the

split personality to the split atom, and world war.

Communion is our calling whatever our vocation. This

teaching liberates our minds. This teaching sets our -

hearts on fire. This teaching sets us free.


"Greatness lies in making others feel great", says G.K.

Chesterton. So Jesus is the greatest and Paul and Moses

are great teachers, Paul after the Lord and Moses in

preparation for the Lord. Their teaching is christened.

All about Christ. Jesus' disciple, Paul, and Moses his

forefather in faith, set people free. "Let my people go,"

Moses says to Pharaoh. That refrain echoes throughout

Jesus' ministry.  To the evil spirit dogging our humanity,

Jesus says, "Get out!" "Come out of him". And "Don't

be childish in your thinking, "Paul says to us all. Be

mature with the wisdom of the Lord. The Lord's wisdom

not ours.


So Moses, under God, frees from physical bondage,

Christ frees from possession by evil and Paul from made‑

up minds. Great teachers are in the business of

emancipation and Jesus is certainly the greatest; truth to

tell, Jesus is the only teacher. In him, through him, with

him we truly are free spirits, free to be all we are meant to

be, Happy and glorious!