I have a “to do” list, on it are many things. Some more enjoyable than others. On this list is a movie category and the movie “12 Years a slave” is perched near the top. Ever since seeing the trailer I have been pondering on some of the words from a short conversation between to slaves in the film, they hit home pretty hard….
Man #1 “If you want to survive, do and say as little as possible.”
Man #2 “Well I don’t wanna survive…… I wanna Live”
What does this make you think of?
I love that there is fire in this mans soul, fire for life, fire for freedom. He knows there is more to life. He has a desire to seek it. He knows what he wants.
I see a fear in the first man, I see a loss of hope. I see despair and I hear brokenness in his voice.
Sometimes I feel that as Catholics in the world today, there is a sense of the message from the first man going around “If you want to survive, as a Catholic, do and say as little as possible”
Ask yourself- is this how you want to be living?
In my heart there is a fire to Love, a fire to Serve. A desire not just to survive but a passion and THIRST to LIVE!!!
The slavery is here, it is holding many souls captive. The slavery is SIN.
Sometimes I allow myself to be chained up, hand cuffed. But Jesus is freedom. He has the key for every lock and every strong hold of sin.
He came so that we may have life, and have it to the full!
He sends us to tell prisoners that they are prisoners no more!
My fav line in a song named “farther along” by Josh Garrels -There’s so much more to life than we’ve been told, its full of beauty that will unfold, and shine like you struck gold my wayward son….
There is! There is so much more to life than we are told by the world, it sells us only a distorted image.
Let the beauty of a life filled with the saving love and compassion of my dear friend Jesus unfold in your life.
And when you live this life you will KNOW you have struck gold!
Claim your freedom in the name of Jesus. Amen
Bless the Lord oh my soul