Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Lent
"If the Son has set you free, then you are free indeed"
My brothers, we have been born anew by baptism… “If with this life only in view we have had hope in Christ, we are of all people the most to be pitied” (1Cor 15:19). Earthly life, as you yourselves see, for beasts, domestic animals, and the birds of the air is of the same span or longer than ours. What is special to humans is what Christ has given them through his Spirit—that is, life everlasting, but on condition, however, that we sin no more… “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is life everlasting in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom 6:23).
My little ones, above all hold fast to this: formerly the nations were delivered up to the powers of darkness; now we have been set free thanks to the victory of Jesus Christ our Lord. It is he who has redeemed us… He released the captives and broke our bonds, as David had said: “The Lord sets captives free; the Lord gives sight to the blind” (Ps 145:7). And in another place he says: “You have loosened my bonds. I will offer to you the thank-offering of praise” (Ps 115:16). Yes, freed from our chains, when we rally round the standard of the Lord through the sacrament of baptism, we are delivered by the blood and the name of Christ…
Therefore, my dearly beloved brethren, we are washed but once; we are only liberated once; we are only received once into the immortal kingdom. It is only once that “Happy are those whose fault is taken away, whose sin is covered” (Ps 31]:1) Hold firm, then, to the gift received, safeguard your joy, and do not commit further sin. Preserve yourselves pure and innocent for the day of the Lord.