I Have Come to Set the Earth on Fire

IMG_7967Have Come to Set the Earth on Fire

This week’s Scripture should sound familiar to us. There are within it many quotes that we have heard or have shared in our lives, and more especially in sharing our life or story of our Faith with others.

In the first reading from the prophet Jeremiah, we see how God’s Word in a ‘Public Forum’ or to people in power can be harsh. In fact, God’s Word to us can be very challenging, personally. For the call to look at ourselves or how we are living and what we are doing in light of God’s call can bring about that dreaded need to change that none of us are ever happy to hear.

I remember in my early days of formation, being told that if I ever really wanted to know God’s will, or call in my life, to pray and then do whatever came to mind that I would not want to do. It’s still true today for me. Thus our journey always gets us where we need to go, but it might be a little rocky along the way.

In Hebrews we are encouraged to continue in running the race, to endure and to be faithful to the call of God in our lives. To put aside anything that would distract us or slow us down, knowing that we will get there in God’s time, and might even see a miracle along the way.

In the Gospel of Luke we hear about division, fire, and disputes between family and friends. Sounds kinda like the news and all that is happening in the world and within the Church.

But let us not be like those who did not like what Jeremiah was saying. For the Prince of Peace is talking about the Presence and the Power of the Holy Spirit which will overcome in God’s Name all for the Glory of God’s Kingdom.

Instead, let us hang on, accept, share our lives and hearts for we know that God indeed has a plan. For His Will shall be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.

Br. Paul Crawford, OFM Cap.
FAN Board Vice President

Suggested Action:
This week, pray for those who give up and can not trust that they may be inspired to try again and to find support along the race.

Suggested Petitions:
For all Christians, that we have the courage to trust in God’s call in our lives and do His will. We pray…
For all those in despondency, may they hear God’s voice and be enlightened to continue on with faith that their struggles will end. We pray…

Collect Prayer
O God, who have prepared for those who love you
good things which no eye can see,
fill our hearts, we pray, with the warmth of your love,
so that, loving you in all things and above all things,
we may attain your promises,

which surpass every human desire.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.


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