Fr Hugh’s Homily for 3rd Sunday in Lent
The Young Christian Workers (YCW) and others have taken for their rough guide to a life of faith, See, Judge, Act. But to be able to do this you have to be free. If you cannot be physically free, and many in our world can’t, then free spiritually, free within. But there are things that prevent us taking on this freedom. One is our reluctance to take responsibility. We might be very good at taking responsibility in our workplace or home, but responsibility for our faith is often another thing. The actual event of the Exodus in the Old Testament, the Israelites’ liberation from slavery in Egypt, is the most important occurrence in the whole set of books. (Portrayed graphically by Cecil B. DeMille in 1956 in the originally named film, ‘The Ten Commandments’, again with Charlton Heston.) For Jews the Exodus stands alone, for Christians it looks forward to Jesus’ liberating us from sin. So at the Easter Vigil, the celebration of our liberation, one of the Old Testament readings we have to read is the hymn of liberation sung after they have crossed the Red Sea. This prepares us for the Resurrection of Christ, our gateway to freedom….