29th Thursday in Ordinary Time

 

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

October 26, 2017

29th Thursday of Ordinary Time

 

 

WORD of the DAY

 

I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing! (Luke 12: 49)

How shall I live this Word?

The image of fire often occurs in the Bible and it does not only have one meaning.  It can be the image of devastation and punishment, and could also be the image of purification and enlightenment.  It can evoke protection as it appears in Isaiah: “If you have to walk through the fire, I will be with you”.  While Luke is writing at this historical time, he is recounting a reality that he is witnessing:  the first persecutions have knocked at the door of the followers of Jesus and they are all living under the tension of a world that hesitates to accept the message of Jesus.  The Gospel of the primitive Church is born under the sign of contradiction.  The Teacher tells His followers ahead of time that His mission is not easy.  It is like the fire that purifies, but also finds it hard to be ignited.  For Him and for those who want to follow Him, there is the supreme sacrifice.  The Cross becomes the Christian Sign, and thus, for us as well, the heart of the history of Salvation.

 

The Voice of Cristina Campo, Mystical Author

Sickness is always and only something that God has to tell us; looking for anything else is like throwing away precious pearls.

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