It is 15th October 2018. We celebrate the memorial of St Teresa of Avila, Virgin and Doctor of the Church. The readings are from Galatians 4:22-24, 26-27, 31-5:1; and the Gospel from Luke 11:29-32. We all have become Christians to be free from the slavery of sin and the shackles of law. Our freedom comes by faith. We do not become free people by the lineage and race we belong. We are freed by the Sacrament of Baptism. It is God’s covenant of love and forgiveness we are free. We are free people when we include everyone on board under the banners of love and mercy. We embrace truth and grace as believers in Christ and that is what makes one free. Freedom does not imply that we can do anything we want rather it offers the leverage to be liberal to do that one thing which makes us free. But someone in our life wants us to be a slave to a system, belief, culture and customs of the past. There are people who wants under their tradition, perception, and viewpoints. We are made slaves or we become slaves to something or someone by blindly following its strings without proper examination. The first reading empowers us to accept the freedom offered by Jesus. St. Paul argues that the new life we enjoy in Christ there is no slavery of any kind. “When Christ freed us, He meant us to remain free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery.” (Gal.5:1). The responsorial Psalm praises, “May the name of the Lord be blessed for evermore.” (Ps.112:2). The Gospel invites us believe in the Word of God which is the sign and signature of God. Anyone seeking for any other sign apart from the Word of God is still under one type or the other form of slavery. What form of slavery we are in today in our lives that makes us not to read and reflect the Word of God? Jesus and His words are the only sign for our personal freedom. May we make efforts to believe Jesus and follow the Word of God in order to free from all kinds of slavery and sin. May you have a good day. God bless you.

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