Homily for Mass – Deschatelets Residence
[Readings: Dan 3:13-20, 24, 49-50, 91-95; Dan 3; Jn 8:31-42]
Jesus says, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”
The great untruth of all time is that there is no truth: or, to put it another way, there is only what I determine to be true. Believing this leads to a form of slavery.
But as Our Lord says, the truth will make you free. The saints, those who have found the truth and who live by that truth, are truly free. Their freedom to live God’s will is one of the things that makes them so attractive… because we all long for that freedom.
The men who refused to bow down and worship the false gods of their age – as we heard in the First Reading – had found freedom in the truth. They knew that only God is to be worshipped – and their lives are to be conformed only to the true God. Standing in that freedom, God protects them in the face of the rage of the ungodly ruler, and even in the face of flames, their relationship with God makes “the inside of the furnace as though a moist wind were whistling through it” – despite the fact that it was seven times hotter than normal.
On Monday we recalled that Mary’s “yes” to the truth of God’s word to her allowed her to become the gate of light – through her the world’s true light would come to his own.
We are conscious that there are many false gods around us … many things call out to us and try to claim the attention that we should give to God. Many things prevent us from continuing in Christ’s word … and so the truth can become obscured and we are not free like we should be.
May the graces of the Mass we offer help us to draw nearer to He who is Truth, he who wants to set us free to live only for God.