Sunday Devotional: 'I have come to set the earth on fire'

Luke 12:49-53

Jesus said to his disciples:
I have come to set the earth on fire,
and how I wish it were already blazing!
There is a baptism with which I must be baptized,
and how great is my anguish until it is accomplished!
Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth?
No, I tell you, but rather division.
From now on a household of five will be divided,
three against two and two against three;
a father will be divided against his son
and a son against his father,
a mother against her daughter
and a daughter against her mother,
a mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law
and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.”

I don’t know how and when it happened, but sometime in the ages, our Lord Jesus Christ, who chose hard work as a brawny carpenter and who instructed that “if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one” (Luke 22:36), became depicted as an effeminate whimp tossing rainbows and sprinkling fairy-dust, while spouting facile words of “peace” and “love”.
But the above passage from Luke 12 is a sober reminder that Jesus didn’t say following Him would be easy. Once you are committed to good, there can be no compromise with evil and with those who choose and support evil — even when they are your family and friends.
As St. Paul reminds us, we are part of a much larger war: “For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens.” (Ephesians 6:12)
And though we may “grow weary and lose heart,” we must “persevere in running the race that lies before us” (Hebrews 12:3,1).

How?
By ridding “ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to us” and “keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus” (Hebrews 12:1,2).

Ephesians 6:13-16

Therefore, put on the armor of God,
that you may be able to resist on the evil day and,
having done everything, to hold your ground.
So stand fast with your loins girded in truth,
clothed with righteousness as a breastplate,
and your feet shod in readiness for the gospel of peace.
In all circumstances,
hold faith as a shield,
to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one.

Armor of God I can do all things through Christ
The Greatest Commandment of all is to love God with your whole heart, your whole soul, your whole mind, and with all your strength.
And may the courage of St. Paul, and the strength and serenity and joy of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you this glorious Sunday!
~Eowyn

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Steven Broiles
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A most excellent lesson for us all, Dr. Eowyn! When Sigmund Freud was coming to America, as the ship entered New York Harbor, he looked at it. His companion on that journey looked at him quizzically. “Little do they realize,” Freud said, “that we are bringing them the Plague!” Doubt, self-doubt and even more doubt have been the Plague of my life. And I have learned that people with an “open mind” will soon become people with an EMPTY mind. We have to set our hearts on Jesus Christ (and His Blessed Mother, of course). THIS is more important than… Read more »

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Mr Graves
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Mr Graves

Good faith is like a sword, forged in fire. It doesn’t shatter when swung at its enemies, yet it can pierce the soul and open the eyes of a would-be adversary so that they may be spared. It doesn’t pretend for profit, and it most certainly doesn’t ignore the harsher realities in order to preach a lesser image only of love and blindness. Non-denominational prosperity gospel, hand in hand with the secularists within the church, has tainted the name and truth behind what it means to be Christian. The “non-denominational” myth, where the harsher realities of our world are ignored,… Read more »

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Lophatt

Many years ago I was on the board of religious education for my diocese. One of my best friends was the chairman. He was a former seminarian who quit in his deacon year and earned his doctorate in theology. He had been a monk from 14 years-of-age in a religious order. He is now married with four children. He and I put on many seminars and I remember one wherein a woman said “but our Lord was meek….”. His response was that Jesus said; “Blessed are the meek, not the wimpy”. “Meek” primarily dealing with humility. In other words, being… Read more »

marblenecltr
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Our votes this November will be for much more than choosing people or parties. We have the choice of the principalities, powers, and the rules of darkness of this world, spiritual wickedness of this world, or we can go back to being a Christian nation. Not just a “Christian nation,” but a nation that acknowledged and served God, not God’s enemies. We can pray for favor in God’s eye and receive the blessings He will give us, including protection in the days ahead.

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Reblogged this on necltr and commented:
Choose you this day whom you will serve.

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Re: “I don’t know how and when it happened, but sometime in the ages, our Lord Jesus Christ, who chose hard work as a brawny carpenter and who instructed that ‘if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one’ (Luke 22:36), became depicted as an effeminate whimp tossing rainbows and sprinkling fairy-dust, while spouting facile words of ‘peace’ and ‘love’.” Did you ever see the 2006 documentary “Rape of the Soul” https://www.rapeofthesoul.com ? It was made by a Catholic filmmaker (Michael A. Calace) re how occult artists sneaked in occult (& sex) symbols in religious art over… Read more »