Saturday in the Fifth Week of Lent
The Lord will guard us, as a shepherd guards his flock. (Responsorial Antiphon from Jeremiah 31:10)
Jesus, a common line uttered by adolescents is, "I don't need a babysitter!" At that age we feel responsible enough to handle the freedoms we desire and resent attempts to remind us that we are not as responsible as we think we are. We do not see any incongruity when our parents tell us, "You want to use the car, but you never remember to take out the garbage?" We think they're crazy and wonder what one has to do with the other.
We delude ourselves into viewing freedom as an absolute rather than relationship. Perhaps You look at me when I tell You I can do it on my own and ask, "You want to go alone, but You have not taken the time to be with me; you do not pray." Spiritual freedom is not living without Your shepherding; it is acting in responsible freedom with trust in Your watchful, careful eyes. Let me know and welcome Your dwelling within me, so I may dwell freely in Your presence.