Fire is a mechanism that is powerful. It can be destructive, it can also purify. This fiery baptism that Jesus speaks of, aims to destroy the old ways and the kingdom of sin, while purifying the Faithful like gold in a crucible. (cf. Lk 17:29). We see a glimpse into the depths of Jesus’ soul as He speaks passionately and with urgency about His mission and what’s to come next: judgement. The old complacencies are razed down to the ground, while the Fire of the Holy Spirit is kindled within our hearts.


Jesus’ ministry brings about new life. He’s made it clear that this new life in Him will not be easy. “But it is a narrow gate and a hard road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” (Matthew 7:14) The effect of Jesus’ mission is not merely undisturbed domestic tranquility (cf. The Gospel of Luke, Sacra Pagina, p.209), but more important, the peace we get when we accept Christ as our saviour. We are all called to conversion. Time is given for this purpose. Let us look “to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2) and be resolute in choosing Him and His ways.


Division is created by Man when we decide not to accept and reject His message about the kingdom of God. The acceptance of His message changes a person to radically opt for Kingdom values that are in opposite to the values of this passing world.  The source of conflict and dissension, even within families is the constant tension between those who live by the Holy Spirit and those who are enslaved by the ways of the world. God, and God alone must suffice. Even family ties must be put aside as we wholeheartedly follow Jesus.


Peace has always been Jesus’ desire. “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.” (John 14:27) This peace is attained only when we surrender the past and our lives to Jesus.


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Ministry of Lectors