The question has been asked many times before: If God knew that man would abuse his freedom in the Garden of Eden why did He put Him through such temptation? While we know the answer and that freedom is the greatest expression of love God gave to man – what about man? Did he really know he had freedom? Of course, Adam knew that God told him not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and that it was up to him to follow his orders, but did he have a true concept of freedom?
For that matter, do we know the freedom we have? Do we know the faith we have? Do we know the happiness we have? Or is it only after it’s taken away from us that we realize its value? As the old adage goes, You don’t know what you have until it’s gone.
During the first weeks of Lent we include in our daily readings the Book of Genesis and we begin from the beginning. We begin from that first story of freedom lost; paradise lost. We liken ourselves to the Prodigal Son who had to leave his father’s house, squander his possessions to finally “come to himself” and realize all that he had.
This is our journey, let’s embark on it.