God, in His wisdom and omnipotence, gave us freedom – created beings of flesh and blood that we are.
God gives us freedom directed toward true goodness and open to eternity.
The world lies about freedom: offering things that look, feel, and sound good but that are really traps that drag us down to death and decay.
And so Saint Paul tells us in today’s Epistle (Galatians 5:1, 13-18):
Do not use this freedom
as an opportunity for the flesh;
rather, serve one another through love.
May we not fall prey to the lies and temptations of this world, but rather may we walk through this world in true freedom and true love in the name and the power of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, be merciful to me – a sinner.