“Abandon all varieties of religion and just surrender unto Me. I shall deliver you from all sinful reactions. Do not fear.”

Bhagavad Gita 18.66

Reflection: “Christianity is precisely a liberation from every rigid legal and religious system. This is asserted with such categorical force by St. Paul that we cease to be Christians the moment our religion becomes slavery to “the Law” rather than a free personal adherence by loving faith to the risen and living Christ:  “Do you seek justification by the Law…you are fallen from grace…In fact, in Christ Jesus neither circumcision or its absence is of any avail. What counts is faith that expresses itself in love” (Gal. 5:4, 6).”

Thomas Merton. Seasons of Celebration, p. 147.

Reading from the Bible:” God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them.”

I John 4: 16 [NRSV]