Sunday, August 19, 2007

Sunday, August 19, 2007 ~ Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Luke 12: 49-53

"I came to cast fire upon the earth; and would that it were already kindled! I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how I am constrained until it is accomplished! Do you think that I have come to give peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division; for henceforth in one house there will be five divided, three against two and two against three; they will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against her mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law."

Personal Reflection

Following Christ is not easy. It is not supposed to be easy. If it were easy, we would not grow, and Christ desires nothing more than for us to grow in holiness. And, that kind of growth often hurts.

But, we are promised eternal rewards for the quest. So, the peace we must seek is not external; it is an internal peace, filled with the hope of Heaven.

What struggles am I facing today? in my family? in my home? Do I call on the Holy Spirit to fill me with hope? Do I have faith-filled women in my life who I can call on when I need to see past the struggle? When I go to bed each night, do I rest in the Lord?