When, as Orthodox Christians, we emphasize the importance of human freedom (and all the rights and privileges that we have come to expect as Americans) our concern is in defending is the ability of the soul to imitate either the Harlot or Judas. Human freedom is not for us an end in itself. It is rather for something.
The cooperation of divine and human freedom is at the heart of Holy Week. How these work together is the great mystery of salvation (Ephesians 5:32). But God respects and waits on human freedom. God waits for our response to His invitation (Revelation 3:20).
Because inner freedom--what the text refers to as the ‘freedom of soul’--is what matters, I might wrongly think that political or soul freedom is unimportant.
The crowds, the high priests, Judas and the disciples all of them had the opportunity to sit and eat and drink and talk with God. And all of them allowed that opportunity to slip through their fingers because they “did not understand.”
Let us all of us then become a “good wife” by being a “good and faithful servant” who by our fidelity “over a few things” prove ourselves ready to enter “into the joy of [our] lord” in the Kingdom to come.