It is 6th November 2019. The readings are from Rom.13:14-21 and the Gospel from Luke 14:25-33. In the first reading, St. Paul explains us that we owe love to the other person just because God has bestowed us with God’s love. We are debtors to each other in love. Loving others as a disciple of Christ is an obligation not a choice. It is indeed a demand and a visible sign of being a disciple of Christ. Talking and preaching in flowery language on love is easy but making efforts in loving others is our Christian ideal, duty and responsibility. It is only by the commandment of love we are making the difference in the world. Our love for others is built on respectful warmth and affection without any shade of prejudice. “Love is the one thing that cannot hurt your neighbour; that is why it is the answer to everyone of the commandments.” (Rom.13:10). The responsorial Psalm praises, “Happy the person who takes pity and lends.” (Ps.111:5). The Gospel proposes the requirements to be the disciple of Christ. Loving less the significant persons from the family of origin and love surplusly the ones God has sent us to serve is the first thing to be inculcated as a disciple. Putting on Christ and placing Christ as the first priority in our life is required for the disciple. It is not enough that we follow the Ten Commandments but we need to be charitable and loving as in our readiness to serve God. Spiritual preparedness is the basis for us as the disciples to combat the merciless war waged against us by the evil forces and the enemies of love. As a disciple, we carry our cross after our Lord and constantly willing give up on the worldly desire, attachment and material possessions. With our faith in the Lord Jesus, we must count cost and plan it to the fullest extend as we are the disciples sent with the mandate of loving others. May you have a good day and God bless you.

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