Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Consuming Fire: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Readings:
Jeremiah 38:4–68–10
Psalm 40:2–418
Hebrews 12:1–4
Luke 12:49–53

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Let the fire of your faith warm the hardness of another.

Our God is a consuming fire, the Scriptures tell us (see Hebrews 12:29Deuteronomy 4:24). And in this week’s Gospel, Jesus uses the image of fire to describe the demands of discipleship.

The fire He has come to cast on the earth is the fire that He wants to blaze in each of our hearts. He made us from the dust of the earth (see Genesis 2:7) and filled us with the fire of the Holy Spirit in Baptism (see Luke 3:16).

We were baptized into His death (see Romans 6:3). This is the baptism our Lord speaks of in the Gospel this week. The baptism with which He must be baptized is His passion and death, by which He accomplished our redemption and sent forth the fire of the Spirit on the earth (see Acts 2:3).

The fire has been set, but it is not yet blazing. We are called to enter deeper into the consuming love of God. We must examine our consciences and our actions, submitting ourselves to the revealing fire of God’s Word (see 1 Corinthians 3:13).

In our struggle against sin, we have not yet resisted to the point of shedding our own blood, Paul tells us in this week’s Epistle. We have not undergone the suffering that Jeremiah suffers in the First Reading this week.

But this is what true discipleship requires. To be a disciple is to be inflamed with the love of the God. It is to have an unquenchable desire for holiness and zeal for the salvation of our brothers and sisters.

Being His disciple does not bring peace in the false way that the world proclaims peace (see Jeremiah 8:11). It means division and hardship. It may bring us to conflict with our own flesh and blood.

But Christ is our peace (see Ephesians 2:14). By His Cross He has lifted us up from the mire of sin and death—as He will rescue the prophet Jeremiah (see Jeremiah 38:10).

And as we sing in the Psalm this week, we trust in our deliverer.

Yours in Christ,

Scott Hahn, PhD

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.

 

Taking Back Your Peace: Homily for 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time — Fr. Charles Zlock

When you start operating in the truth of expecting God to fulfill His promises, refusing to worry or fear, listening to your witnesses, walking in love… you begin to take back your peace.

via Taking Back Your Peace: Homily for 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time — Fr. Charles Zlock