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Sunday, August 18, 2013

Twentieth Sunday of Ordinary Time - The Fire Jesus Has Come to Set - Luke 12:49-53

Twentieth Sunday of Ordinary Time
The Fire Jesus Has Come to Set

"Jesus said to his disciples"  "I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing!  There is a baptism with which I must be baptized, and how great is my anguish until it is accomplished!  Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth?  No, I tell you, but rather division.  From now on a household of five will be divided, three against two and two against three; a father will be divided against his son and a son against his father, a mother against her daughter and a daughter against her mother, a mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law."" (Luke 12:49-53)

What is this fire which Jesus Christ has come to bring upon the earth?  It is the fire of divine love. Jesus desires nothing else but that this fire should be kindled in the heart of every person He gave the Breath of Life.  But in order to be kindled with this fire, Jesus must first divide us from whatever separates us from full fellowship with Him.

"The Lord does not say that a father
 is to be rejected by his children, 
but that God is to be set before all."
Saint Ambrose

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