"I have come to bring fire to the earth"
Last Sunday’s Gospel brings us some shocking message from Jesus who said that he has come to bring fire on earth and divide the people and families not unite them. It may be very confusing that Jesus says that but if we look around us we see the truth in what he said.
Yes, everywhere there is pain, suffering and injustice. God tells us to do good but good seem to be always losing and evil winning with so sight of God’s intervention. We want God to come and deliver us from our pain and suffering but He seems to ignore us. We pray and continue to do good but yet we seem to lose all the time. Everyone however rich and mighty has problems and there is no happiness. In fact if we look around nobody is really happy. For many one tragedy follows another. Those we love so dearly leave us, our families are divided, our children ill-treat us and our siblings and friends turn against us.Our lives are set on fire which continues to burn us.
Well Jesus says life is not going to smooth sailing, especially if we are to follow him. It is full of torments, trials and failures. He had demonstrated this in his own brutal death on the cross. He spoke the truth, helped the poor and preached justice but he was crucified in the most cruel way.
To me life is a big test of our endurance in doing right in an environment of wrong and evil. It is a test of how strong we are in standing up for good against evil. It is a test of our will to stand against the evils in the world – greed, selfishness and lust. Despite all these trials, Jesus says he loves us and his word is the hope we have, that God loves us despite all the setbacks he makes us go through. It is the unshakeable trust in God that should make us soldier on when everyone leave us to continue our arduous journey all alone.
Gospel, Luke 12:49-53
'I have come to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were blazing already!
There is a baptism I must still receive, and what constraint I am under until it is completed!
'Do you suppose that I am here to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division.
For from now on, a household of five will be divided: three against two and two against three; 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.'