Gospel, Luke 12:49-53
49 'I have come to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were blazing already!
50 There is a baptism I must still receive, and what constraint I am under until it is completed!
51 'Do you suppose that I am here to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division.
52 For from now on, a household of five will be divided: three against two and two against three;
53 father opposed to son, son to father, mother to daughter, daughter to mother, mother-in-law to daughter-in-law, daughter-in-law to mother-in-law.'
We all pray for peace and happiness but what Jesus tells us is rather shocking – “I have come to bring fire to the earth……I have come not to bring peace on earth but division”. What was Jesus trying to tell us?
The division he was referring to is very real and is happening right here every day in our families, our society, country and the world. Today there is so much anger, hatred and jealousy and we are all driven by selfishness, greed and more greed. Everywhere we see bad winning over good. The good not only are losing but being persecuted, tortured and killed.
We watch helplessly and pray for divine intervention but unfortunately God seems to be deaf to our prayers. What are we to do? Who can we reach out to? Nobody but to ourselves and our selves alone. Yes, only we can do it not anybody from outside, not even God as that is not His plan anyway.
We have to find our own ways to fight evil based on what Jesus taught us.
1. Self-examination of ourselves, sincerely and passionately – examining our conscience, our thoughts, our inner desires and feelings towards one another. Invariably there will be more evil than good in us that is the cause of our failures and sufferings.
2. Repent – realise and admit our weakness and take steps to correct them. Get rid from our hearts the greed, selfishness, anger and hatred for others. Adopt the values of Jesus – love, compassion, forgiveness and humility instead
3. Change - promise to God that we will change ourselves – become the change we want to see