From today’s Gospel, from St John: ‘Jesus then said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”’
St John Chrysostom wrote: ‘Beloved, our condition needs much endurance; and endurance is produced when doctrines are deeply rooted. For as no wind is able by its assaults to tear up the oak, which sends down its root into the lower recesses of the earth, and is firmly clenched there; so too the soul which is nailed by the fear of God none will be able to overturn. Since to be nailed is more than to be rooted. Thus the Prophet prays, saying, “Nail my flesh by Your fear”; do Thou so fix and join me, as by a nail riveted into me. … Christ therefore desiring to deepen their faith that it might not be merely superficial, digs into their souls by more striking words. … He first tells them, “If you continue in My word, you are My disciples indeed: and the truth shall make you free”’.
May we truly know that freedom, the freedom that endures, and may God bless you this day.