Freedom to love

 
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13th Sunday, based on Galatians 5:1,13-18

For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.

For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become slaves to one another. For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” If, however, you bite and devour one another, take care that you are not consumed by one another. Live by the Spirit, I say, and do not gratify the desires of the flesh. For what the flesh desires is opposed to the Spirit, and what the Spirit desires is opposed to the flesh; for these are opposed to each other, to prevent you from doing what you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not subject to the law.


Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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About Thomas McCarthy, OP

Thomas McCarthy is a Dominican friar of the Irish Province, who works currently as an editor with Dominican Publications in Dublin, where he also teaches theology. Tom is regularly asked by the Vatican to be the English-speaking commentator, in Rome, at major Papal liturgies, and he directs a chamber choir in the Kildare town of Newbridge, where he lives.