20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

August 18, 2013


We hear in our second reading today that Jesus endured the cross for the sake of the joy that laid before him.  Indeed, many of us endure trials and difficulties before reaping the rewards.

This Sunday, we consider the difficulties that arise once we align our lives to God – not because God wants it to be difficult, but often because we are often so far from where we would like to be.

Jesus uses very harsh language in our Gospel – he has come to set fire on the earth.  Not exactly the message you expect to hear from the Prince of Peace, but when properly understood, we find there is no contradiction between the compassion of God’s love and judgment of God’s fire.

CLICK HERE  for the readings for the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time: (Jeremiah 38:4-6, 8-10; Psalm 40; Hebrews 12:1-4; Luke 12:49-53)


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