THE DRAMA OF FAITH AND FREEDOM
IS PLAYING OUT RIGHT NOW IN EGYPT
The second reading at Mass last weekend began with Saint Paul’s famous exhortation on behalf of liberty…
“For freedom Christ set us free; so stand firm and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery.”
The words of Galatians 5 have a special resonance on a Sunday before the Fourth of July. Granted, the apostle wasn’t speaking about exactly the sort of political freedom we celebrate on Independence Day. Still, his clarion call has helped to fire the American love of liberty from our nation’s beginning when it would have been read in a somewhat different way…
“Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” (King James Version)
Awareness of the connection between faith and freedom has been significantly eroded as church involvement has decreased and so many once-powerful denominations have withered.