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‘Since he clings to me in love, I will free him’

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‘Since he clings to me in love, I will free him’
Since he clings to me in love I will free him;
Protect him for he knows my name.
When he calls, I will answer, ‘I am with you.’
I will save him in distress and give him glory

Psalm 90:14-15


Imagine a bird that has been kept in captivity and then re-released into the wild.  One likes to think that once the cage is opened, the bird would fly happily back into its natural environment.  However, this is not always the case.  Sometimes, birds grow used to captivity to the extent that they remain in the cage, seemingly afraid of venturing out into the big, wide world where yes, they are free, but also exposed to the unknown.

Like the caged bird, we can prefer the familiar bondage to sin to the newly found freedom of life in Christ.  Each time we hear those words, ‘I absolve you from your sins’ we really are freed from our sins.  We must believe that and live accordingly.  The slate is wiped clean and God keeps no record of wrong.   Not only – in God’s eyes – is our life to that point one big success story but we are given the sacramental grace necessary to continue that fidelity to Love in the future.

That, I think, is why the prayer that often follows absolution is so helpful, as it looks to the future:

 ‘May the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the merits of the Blessed Virgin Mary and of all the saints and also whatever good you do or evil you endure merit for you the remission of your sins, the increase of grace and the reward of everlasting life.’

Since he clings to me in love I will free him.’  Through the sacrament of reconciliation, Jesus frees us from our sins.  He unlocks the door and flings it wide open.  Do we cower in the corner?  Or fly out bravely into a new life in Christ?   


  1. Lyndsey says:

    Beautifully expressed, Jane. Thank you.
    Keep on writing!


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