Our lessons from scripture this Sunday have much to teach us about true freedom and liberty found in our life in Christ. Paul writes to the church in Corinth that the gospel and its blessings come to us free of charge. And yet, it lays an obligation upon us, as it did for Paul. Jesus heals many people throughout Galilee, including Simon’s mother-in-law, in our gospel lesson from Mark. And yet, this newly healed woman rises from her bed in order to serve. In Mark’s gospel, Jesus commands silence from those he has healed and from the demons he casts out. And yet, word of his deeds spreads quickly abroad. Everyone searches for him in the region he enters. And yet, he leaves for new places, because, he says, “that is what I came out to do.”
The notion that the freedom so graciously given to us comes with an obligation may seem like a burden to us, one we would rather not carry. The prophet Isaiah reminds us that the one who made us and freed us is also the creator of the heavens and the earth, the One who can do anything. Isaiah’s message is TRUST: “He gives power to the faint, and strength to the powerless. Even youths will faint and be weary, and the young will fall exhausted; but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”
If you are feeling bound or burdened, this Sunday could be an opportunity for you to renew your strength and build up your trust in the One who will never let you go or leave you alone.