(Week 28 of the year: Monday)
WE ARE THE CHILDREN, NOT OF THE SLAVE-GIRL, BUT OF THE FREE-BORN WIFE.
For it is written that Abraham had two sons: the one by a bondwoman, and the other by a free woman.
But he who was of the bondwoman, was born according to the flesh: but he of the free woman, was by promise.
Which things are said by an allegory. For these are the two testaments. The one from mount Sina, engendering unto bondage; which is Agar.
But that Jerusalem, which is above, is free: which is our mother.
For it is written: Rejoice, thou barren, that bearest not: break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for many are the children of the desolate, more than of her that hath a husband.
So then, brethren, we are not the children of the bondwoman, but of the free: by the freedom wherewith Christ has made us free.
Stand fast, and be not held again under the yoke of bondage.
V. The word of the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.