October 21, 2010
Luke 12: 49 – 53
The language and tone which Christ uses in the Gospel this morning may take us somewhat by surprise: “setting the earth on fire,” “great anguish,” “establishing division,” setting family members one against the other. How are we to understand all this?
Again and again, Jesus tells us that He has come to do the will of His Father and invites us to participate in this great work: doing God’s Will. Christ wishes us to know that there is a certain urgency, a certain immediacy which must accompany this all-important Mission; there can be no half-measures, no apathy or indifference.
This will, necessarily, mean that objections will be raised and opposition will be mounted. And sometimes, these will come from unexpected quarters.
Or you and I set out each day to live our Baptismal Vows; we will meet with some form of opposition, from within ourselves and from others.
May we carry on in a spirit of trust in God, in His great mercy and Providence. He will not abandon us.
May we have the presence of mind to recall the words of Christ: “Behold, I am with you all days, even to the end of the world.” (Mt. 23:20)