"I have no desire to place restrictions on you, but I do want to promote what is good, what will help you to devote yourselves entirely to the Lord." —1 Corinthians 7:35
We must accept certain restrictions if we wish to totally commit our lives to the Lord. Gospel poverty, celibacy, a large family, a faithful marriage, a demanding ministry — all restrict us significantly. However, any decision or commitment restricts us. Any successful athlete, business person, or celebrity has placed severe restrictions on themselves. How much more willing should we be to restrict ourselves out of love for the Lord!
Consider what Jesus did for us. When He became a man, He emptied Himself and took the form of a slave (Phil 2:7). There is no greater restriction than to be nailed to a cross. Jesus was the most restricted person who has ever lived, but also the most free. He broke all restrictions of space and time by rising from the dead and ascending to heaven. We too can be restricted and resurrected as He was.
Prayer: Jesus, give me the freedom to be committed and self-sacrificing.
Promise: "The unclean spirit convulsed the man violently and with a loud shriek came out of him." —Mk 1:26
Praise: Praise Jesus, Who gave up all freedom both natural and supernatural so that we may be free.
Reference: (Presentation Ministries' retreats offer a time to be immersed in God's love through His word and the sacraments. The Women's Retreat is April 16, 2006. For information, call 937-205-0128 or e-mail email@example.com.)
Rescript: †Most Reverend Daniel E. Pilarczyk, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, June 19, 2005
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