“Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, he has come to his people and set them free” My dear sisters and brothers, these words proclaiming freedom were spoken by Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist, on the birth of his son. Momentous words at a tremendously important birth, for John would be the one who went before the Messiah, announcing his coming and preparing his way.
It was freedom that Jesus, the Messiah, proclaimed to all who would listen. Jesus said that those who are his disciples will come to know the truth and the truth will set them free. Of all the benefits that we celebrate on this Canada Day, benefits which come to us from being citizens of this great and beautiful country in which we live, none is prized more highly, none is held with greater value than our individual freedom which is enshrined in our Charter of Rights and Freedoms and is sung in our National Anthem as we repeat: “O Canada, glorious and free, O Canada we stand on guard for thee.”... Read More