Thursday Gospel Reflection
“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…” (Luke 12:49)
Fire! Yes, Christianity is on fire. Today’s Gospel speaks precisely about that. I guess very often we get the wrong idea about Jesus and his message of love, as if it was all hugs and cute words. True, He’s the Fountain of Mercy, the Sweet Redeemer, but… He came to bring fire and wanted it to burn: “Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division”
Now, don’t get me wrong, this is not a call to holy war. Actually Jesus meant something different. He is talking about being convinced of our faith, having an experience so profound that it burns us from the inside, like a fire about to burst, that needs to be passed on to others. One does not simply arrive at this experience through a logical conclusion or reading this post; it’s deeper, it is about making a personal experience with the love of Christ.
Then this experience brings about consequences. All too often we hear that faith belong to the private sphere, where it doesn’t bother anybody. Yet, once you’ve made the experience of Christ and the fire starts burning, there is no way to keep it inside. This will cause division, not because we want to hurt others, but because we’ll do anything to keep the fire alive, and that means making concrete choices that not all will share. No wonder that at times we feel like the world is against us. So, are you ready? Let the fire burn!