Gospel LK 12:49-53
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."
Prayer: Come Holy Spirit, Come by the means of the powerful intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Thy well beloved Spouse. Amen
“I have come to set the earth on fire”
Normally if someone would say to us; “I have come to set the earth on fire” we would become very worried and say NO! NO! Please NO! So , when our Lord says this to us, perhaps His words alarm us, maybe they even frighten us? After all, why would I want to have the earth set on fire? That does not sound good. I mean, I could get hurt? Why would I want that? It sounds like something I want to avoid. When fire burns, its hot, its powerful, it consumes, it hurts! The closer we get to it, the more the heat actually ‘hurts’ and we want to pull away.
This fire of God’s Love is purifying, all consuming, transforming and it ‘hurts’. What makes the fire of God’s love ‘hurt?’ Its burning up something that’s a part of me and so, I feel it. What does His Love essentially do to us? His Love burns away the dross of sin in us. It purifies motives and intentions. It cleanses all impurities, it consumes all that’s tainted within us and imbues us with His Holy Light. It stretches us beyond what we feel we are capable of, and it hurts. It hurts the pride in us, that pleads for understanding and justice. It demands death to ‘self’. It consumes every bit of self love that struggles for breath and life in us, yes, it hurts, it hurts to let the fire to continue burning, consuming and transforming us. So why do I want to be purified, consumed and transformed by God if it hurts? I can only give my answer: I desire it Because of who I know this FIRE to Be. He is my most astute listener, my tenderest and closest friend, my most ardent Former, He is, for me, the One who holds my heart. He is Beauty and Light, He is Mercy and Benevolence, He is Peace and Truth, He is Radiance and Refulgence, He is Simple and Pure, He is Meek and Humble, He is Freedom and Justice, He IS who IS and Who He IS , is LOVE.
If my nature can become more like Him, then yes, I desire this transformation, even if hurts, Because I see the gain, as worth the price.
Right now, in the present moment, what is Consuming me? Is it Fear? Is it Anger? Is it Envy? Is it Power, Prestige and Pleasure? Or, is it Love? What is He asking me to surrender to Him in order that His Love may take over my heart? What must I allow Him to take from me? What must I accept as coming from Him? What action must I take so as to not move away from the Fire?
“Purify me, then I shall be clean, wash me, then I shall be whiter than snow” (Psalm 51)
“Love to be True, it must hurt, it must cost, it must empty us of self.” (St. Mother Teresa)