Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

This week we hear from the books of Jeremiah 38:4-6, 8-10; Psalm 40; the letter to the Hebrews 12:1-4; and Luke’s Gospel 12:49-53.

The readings this week are a bit different from other weeks as we hear Jesus says “I have come to set the world on fire and how I wish it was already ablaze.” and that he has come not to establish peace on Earth but bring about division. This seems like the opposite of what we expect where all will be one in the Lord. We need more people like Jeremiah in the world people who see and say what is right, sure we’ve got tons of people who spout off whatever they want to say offending most people, but we need people to speak out against these individuals. Those offended by the words of Jeremiah tell the King that he should be placed in a cistern and place Jeremiah in one. then a man goes to the King and says that these men have acted wickedly and that Jeremiah should be saved. It seems like the world is full of the wicked people who have divided the world up into sections that certain people cannot access. There are more divisions in the world today then we can possibly imagine and many of them are caused by sin.  As the King realizes that Jeremiah wasn’t doing anything wrong in fact he was helping those left in the city arguably get out to safety. In Luke Jesus asks a couple of verses later “why do you not know how to interpret the present time?” I see this as a call for all of us to be prophets. Let us all use the spark that is our faith and pass it on and set the world on fire.


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