Do you think that I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division! (Lk 12:51, NRSVCE)
Jesus’ goal for the Kingdom of God transcended peace. Nothing less than holiness will do.
THE DAILY READINGS …
ACCORDING TO THE CATECHISM (CCC) …
Fire. While water signifies birth and the fruitfulness of life given in the Holy Spirit, fire symbolizes the transforming energy of the Holy Spirit’s actions. The prayer of the prophet Elijah, who “arose like fire” and whose “word burned like a torch,” brought down fire from heaven on the sacrifice on Mount Carmel. This event was a “figure” of the fire of the Holy Spirit, who transforms what he touches. John the Baptist, who goes “before [the Lord] in the spirit and power of Elijah,” proclaims Christ as the one who “will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.” Jesus will say of the Spirit: “I came to cast fire upon the earth; and would that it were already kindled!” In the form of tongues “as of fire,” the Holy Spirit rests on the disciples on the morning of Pentecost and fills them with himself The spiritual tradition has retained this symbolism of fire as one of the most expressive images of the Holy Spirit’s actions. “Do not quench the Spirit.”CCC# 696
PRACTICAL APPLICATION …
Don’t be surprised when you encounter confusing challenges in your life. In fact, learn to expect them.
What will you do? Always choose God’s way!
Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life (Jn 14:6).
DISCIPLESHIP TIME …
Based on the “Daily Readings” and the cartoon above:
- What should I start doing that I’m not doing right now?
- What should I stop doing that I am doing now?
- What should I change doing (continue doing, but do differently)?
The Story Behind The Cartoon …
Imagine what it was like being one of the disciples hanging out with Jesus. The disciples knew He was special, but half the time, they didn’t have any idea what Jesus was talking about.
“A new kingdom? What’s that?” they wondered. “And a resurrection? Who ever heard of of such things! And then He talks about curing the sick and forgiving sin too!”
In this cartoon, we tried to put ourselves in the place of the disciples and tried to imagine how they might have responded when Jesus told them He was planning to set the world on fire.
At least a couple of them must’ve seen that trouble was brewing!