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1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Psalm 96:1, 3-5, 11-13
Luke 4:16-30

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"lord god almighty, free at last!"

"He has sent Me to bring glad tidings to the poor, to proclaim liberty to captives, recovery of sight to the blind and release to prisoners, to announce a year of favor from the Lord." —Luke 4:18-19

Jesus announced that His mission was to make the jubilee year, the great year of liberation, not every fifty years but every year (Lk 4:19). Considering that the Israelites rarely celebrated the jubilee year even every fifty years as prescribed in God's law (Lv 25:8ff), it seemed unrealistic and grandiose for Jesus to promise an everlasting yearly jubilee year. Jesus was promising centuries of daily miracles of liberation. He would have to be God to back up such a promise.

However, Jesus proved to be God. He is therefore the great Liberator and Redeemer, the new Lamb Who leads us on the ultimate Exodus of true freedom. Jesus frees us from sin, death, Satan, damnation, fear, self-hatred and slavery. He frees us for evangelization, service, reconciliation, redemptive suffering, eternal life, and total victory. If Jesus sets us free, we are really free (Jn 8:36). Jesus does daily miracles of liberation in our lives. This will culminate in Jesus' final coming. Then He will free us from a burning earth (see 2 Pt 3:7, 12) by taking us up in the clouds to meet Him in the air (1 Thes 4:17). This will be God's last miracle of liberation on this earth leading to the perfect freedom of heaven.

Jesus alone truly, fully, and finally frees us. Accept Jesus as Lord. Be really free.

Prayer:  Father, may the sexual, financial, and personal freedom of Your people draw many to give their lives to Your Son, Jesus.

Promise:  "The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me; therefore He has anointed Me." —Lk 4:18

Praise:  Set free by Jesus from the tyranny of guilt and doubt, Georgia served her Lord in abandonment.

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, February 4, 2013

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