“I HAVE COME TO SET THE EARTH ON FIRE” LK 12:49-53
Humbly submit your will to God (Thy Will be done) and consecrate yourself to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through Mary and Joseph.
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.” Lk 12:49-53
Jesus uses powerful words today. “I have come to set the earth on fire” and “I did not come to bring peace but division.” Why does Jesus cause division? “You are either with me or against me”. There is no fence or in between with Jesus. Why? Heaven is a serious business and His mission and purpose were to save souls by giving up His life, teaching us that the Father, our Creator, loves us very much, and He came to us to show us how to love.
Jesus continues to come to us today, but the key to love is it requires a response. How will you respond to this love that causes joy and division, persecution and resurrection, suffering and relief, sacrifice and reward, and leads to true happiness all the way into eternity? Your soul depends on it and it all begins with a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
This is hard to understand. Don’t forget the power of fire in our physical and spiritual world. In our physical world, many forests and homes have been destroyed due to fire. In our spiritual world at Pentecost the fire of the Holy Spirit came down on our first followers, the disciples, and today through us to build something new.
This is the fire Jesus can’t wait to unleash on the world, a dysfunctional family in His eyes. The division He is speaking of is a world that once had no future. There is no hope in a fallen world, only dysfunction, and no direction or purpose, everyone for themselves.
I think of it as a burning field of weeds and brush that must be burned to create new growth so everything can come to live in it. Jesus came to bring the human family hope. He came to bring all of the dysfunction in us to a rightly ordered life and rightly ordered worship. He came to give us purpose and mission, to do the will of His Father.
Now, in this time and place, we have a decision to make. We can die to ourselves, our fallen human nature/flesh, worldly goods, and put on Christ to defeat the devil. It is extremely difficult to enter heaven because dying to ourselves and doing the Will of God is tough. It requires a lot of searching and wrestling with God. It requires daily prayer and reading the Scriptures. It requires fasting and telling ourselves no.
So, why do it? God wants us to be back with Him forever. He desires a friendship with His Creation in which He is madly in love with. The joy we receive from a rightly ordered life and more importantly spending the rest of our lives in the glory of God is so powerful it looks beyond the hardship. Quite simply, love likes to suffer. We are called to joyfully suffer and sacrifice for others.
Christ, too, saw this wonderful glory of heaven while on His journey through His Passion and Death. He knew well it would all be worth it. Do you believe? Are you ready to start fighting with your whole heart, soul, mind and will? Eternal life depends on it.
Today’s challenge: Look at the big picture and where your life fits into salvation history now. Reflect on the decisions you have made in the past and how they have formed you today to be who you are. Your future depends on your will and God’s grace. What do you need to change? Seek and you will find. Never give up. Believe.
Be a servant, become a saint!
Sacrifice joyfully for another today!