“…But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, in order to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as children. And because you are children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through God.” (Gal 4: 4-7)
This passage from Galatians happens to be part of the epistle-reading for today, according to my Church’s liturgical calendar. I am overwhelmed, as usual, by the very elevated, complicated Truth that I am called to contemplate and internalize, as a hearer/reader of Scripture, on a daily basis. This is no watered-down theology. Here the Apostle takes me through the very essence of Salvation History, reminding me of what it’s all about: It’s about the Spirit of God’s Son being sent into my heart, making me His child.
Let me cry out to Him today, not as a slave to custom or law, but in the Spirit and Truth of His Son: “Abba! Father! Who art in heaven…” I am reminded today that all the texts, customs, and pious practices of my Church-Tradition are not there to make me a “slave” or robot of external motions. I am called to internalize them in my heart, in the Spirit of His Son. Without Him, without His Spirit, my external piety is but another form of slavery. Let me be free today, crying out in Spirit and Truth. Because, as Jesus says to the Samaritan woman, “true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such as these to worship Him.” (Jn 4: 23)