August 18, 2019 – Twentieth Sunday of Ordinary Time
Jesus said to his disciples: “I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing!” (Luke 12:49-53)
Jesus’ normally calm and peaceful tone takes on a sense of urgency in today’s Gospel. His message goes beyond His disciples and unfortunately still rings true today.
We have become complacent in our faith. We go through the motions, checking off minimum requirements as good enough. Our focus is diverted away from the work to which God has called us, and re-directed toward worldly things. We roll the dice on when Jesus might come – there’s always time to set things straight later, right?
“Enough!” says Jesus.
He has us by the shoulders and is giving us a good shake. When He gets our attention, when He locks eyes with us, what will He see?
Jesus is trying light a fire under us…to set us ablaze in our faith. Can you feel the heat?