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Are You Ignited with Fire?

Not Literally.

      What a frightful and depressing image we are given from this weekends readings... but thats only at first glance. In the Gospel, Jesus is sounding like the God of the Old Testament. The one that will destroy the world for the evil in it. Certainly not sounding like the God of the New Testament who is there to save the world and all who believe in God.

     Jesus tells us, with great emotion on how he wishes this world would be on fire. That it was already ignited with fire, and that it would be burning. When we look at it literally we get a terrifying and destroying image, but that is exactly why we can't look at it 100% literal, we must look at it with more of a contextual/ interpretation look.

     In Luke 3: 16 we hear John the Baptist proclaiming “I baptize you with water, but he who is mightier than I is coming, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire." John shares with us that this fire is a good fire, a fire of the Love of God, a Fire of the Holy Spirit, a fire of doing Gods Will waiting to burn in each of us. This fire, is the fire that Jesus gives us-the fire of our Faith that must continually burn.

     If we look in Scripture at why Jesus came it will give us a better understanding to this weekends Gospel . Matthew 1: 21 says, "And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins. He came to protect us from the evilness of our sins. Guiding us on the path to the Father. He suffered on the Cross, to save us-from the wickedness of our sins.

     We now know that this 'fire' Jesus talks about is the fire of the Holy Spirit or the fire of doing what God wants. He will forgive our sins- if we have this fire. The Fire of following God is a consuming fire (Hebrews 12:29) It requires us to but in effort and respect. Like if a builder was building a house, and didn't put effort in it,  it wouldn't be a very good house. So  for this fire to burn, we must make it burn by being consumed in it.

     The fire in which Jesus speaks about, though frighting at first is an actually good fire. It is his desire that the world would be filled with the fire of belief and Faith in the one true God. He wished that it was already ignited. Jesus, is on his way to Jerusalem where he is about to go and be crucified. He shares this 'different side' of him self now and right before he dies while he prays in Gethsemane.

     Let us live in this fire that God has for us-through the sacraments. This fire of living in this day of age and being the disciple of the Gospel. Let us, see that with the coming of Christ, we will be saved from sin, through his death, so that we may live. Live in the fire of God.

Are you ignited with this fire?


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