I thought it quite apropos that July 4th fell on a Sunday, this year. What better way to celebrate freedom, than worshiping the One who set us free. The month of July is dedicated to the Most Precious Blood of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Jesus shed his blood to free us from sin. This is the freedom that gives us peace. Peace being the correct order of life, what's important, orientating the world towards God.
Also at Mass this morning, we recalled our brave soldiers who shed their blood for us, fighting for a different kind of freedom. A freedom from oppressors, and fighting to keep that freedom. We celebrate with parades and fireworks to proclaim our Independence.
Both types of freedom were hard fought. Both types of freedom involve sacrifice. Both types of freedom are celebrated on this day, Sunday, July 4, 2010.