Some people have never been grievously enslaved, yet they love the Lord as their savior. Therese of Lisieux for example, thought about the woman in the Gospel who loved much because she had been forgiven much (Lk 7). If only those who had been delivered from great sins could love God greatly what was Therese to do? She had never been in the bondage of great sin. Finally she understood that the grace by which she had been preserved from great sin was her reason to love greatly.
Many of us don’t have to look very hard to find something from which we have been delivered. For some of us this was sin; for others there may also have been an addiction that has made us very conscious of Jesus as a liberator. Even if we do not have a major enslavement in our own histories we can learn something about the divine compassion by seeing how God responds to human needs. That understanding, in turn, can make us more patient, more persistent and more compassionate.
You have liberated me, Lord. You have called me to help others who are not yet free. I want to share with others what I have received from your loving kindness.