Jesus’ Purifying Fire

PentecostIn this Sunday’s Gospel according to Saint Luke, Jesus’ proclamation of the kingdom is a refining and purifying fire. His message that meets with acceptance or rejection will be a source of conflict and dissension even within families.

Within the Holy Scriptures, fire has been often associated with our Triune God. To say that there may be division, even among families, is to take a close a look at our family and friends and to note that even among each other, there may be those who compete for your loyalty to put God first and foremost in your life. Though it may have been difficult for the disciples to hear Jesus saying that He will bring about division, we are reminded that the choice among us all is to either go and be willing to forsake all for Jesus, or not. Are we holding on to another idol or are we placing God as head of our lives?