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THE WORD(In Other Words)

Today's Gospel
Wednesday, October 22, 2008 11:20 PM
From:"rommel cerezo" <>
To:"henry galvan" <>,,,

THE WORD(In Other Words)

Today's Gospel(Luke 12:49-53) THE WORD

    "I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing!
There is a batism 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."

In other words...

    The words of Jesus are very often paradoxical. Today's gospel is a good
example, Jesus says He came to cause division. But is He not the Prince of
Peace, and not the core of His message love, fellowship, community,
brotherhood, and reconciliation? So, which is it, peace or division? Or is it
both? It is like asking if stairs go up and down. They go both ways.
    So it is with the teaching of Christ. If we are searching for truth, his
teaching leads to peace and joy. If we search for other things we may ruin into
division. Simeon had predicted: "The Child is destined for the rise and the
fall of many in Israel." Why for the fall? Anyone who encounters Christ comes
away change. If he believes in Christ and accepts His message, he becomes
better. If he rejects Christ he become worst.
    If someone strives to be faithful to the law of Christ, he oftern encounters
misunderstanding. Friends or relatives may ask: "Why don't you go along
with the crowd? Anyway, everyone is doing it," One reason the early Christians
were persecuted by the Romans was that they were different. The followed a
higher morality.
    Activist and those fighting for human rights are often targeted, even killed,
because they refuse to remain silent in the presence of gross injusties. They
are said to "disturb the peace". Jesus disturbed the peace, and was not satisfied
with the peace based on fear. He was on fire for truth and justice. That is why
he was executed - His baptism of blood. Mother Angelica said: "If you are
not a thorn in someone's side, you are probably not living your Christians faith."

                                                          (Fr. Jim Risse, SVD)Laog City(R.I.P.)

God bless mga kapatid....

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