St. Paul, Galations 5:1
"Brothers and sisters: For freedom Christ set us free; so stand firm and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery."
Why is it the upright are always persecuted? Why should those who defend freedom, promote brotherliness and peace end up slain? Why is it even in our own Christian communities, with a multitude of speakers and emails crying out for American justice, we are despondent in times in understanding that the one who disturbed our quiet little habitat was in fact a prophet urging us to be faithful to the gospel? When these liberators are quiet or dead, then those responsible for never stepping a foot out of their comfort zone will weep and lament wishing there could have been some sort of change but by then it will be too late.
In this gospel, we must keep in mind there were expectations the people had of the Messiah that clouded their vision. For them, the Messiah was to be a hero, a strong warrior like Samson, a victorious king like David, and intelligent an capable politician like Solomon, all protected by God. And since Christ had set us free; it is of the utmost importance we never see ourselves yoked in slavery again - ever. There, said right before you, God protects the warrior who offers his life so others may be free.
Can you be that warrior?
Slavery can happen in an instant. There are books full of historical examples of an oppressed people. Individuals who put trust in their leaders, and slowly, even carefully, minds were changed, situations were altered, until the deed was done, and enforcements were brought in. By then all the lamenting and weeping was useless as the new regime took hold.
What type of slavery has confined you? Are you a victim of the Baby Boomer era with little job prospects? Are you a recent college graduate with no career venue? Are you student trying to make ends meet hoping to complete your requirements before your loans run out? Maybe you are just trying to make ends meet as a father or mother in this difficult economy. Do you feel persecuted for your religious beliefs?
Who ever you are, be ready and vigilant for change. Pray for these yokes of slavery to be unleashed. Pray for those who gave us our independence. Pray that our eyes shall be open always and ready for battle should we be called.