It is 04th November 2015. We celebrate the memorial of St. Charles Borromeo, the Bishop. The readings are from Rom.13:8-10 and the Gospel from Lk.14:25-33. The first reading makes us to believe that love is not a choice but an obligation. It is love that makes everything perfect including law. When we do everything with love, it becomes perfect and complete. There is no selfishness within the parameters of love. Love brings mutual respect, and embraces the truth. Love has become the surest connection to God and the others. “Love is the one thing that cannot hurt your neighbour; that is why it is the answer to every one of the commandments.” (Rom.13:10). The responsorial Psalm prays, “Blessed the person who is gracious and lends to those in need.” (Ps.111:5). The Gospel outlines the cost of discipleship. One needs to count the cost in order to commit totally. We must love God more than anything or anyone that is created by God. It is indeed a personal responsibility to love God. No one can love God for someone else. It is a committed a choice to love. The cost of discipleship is not a trouble-free life. We cannot follow Christ halfheartedly. Some of us may have to lose our money, time, career, social status for our commitment to Christ. Someone could be put to death. All these can be possible when there is true love for God and Jesus. “None of you can become my disciple if you do not give up all your possessions.” (Lk.14:33). May God give you peace.

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