21 October 2021

Burn it all down!

29th Week OT (Th)

Fr. Philip Neri Powell OP

St. Dominic Priory, NOLA

How does Christ bring division to the world, to a nation, a family, a friendship? He sets them on fire. Or rather, he sets a part of each on fire. Christ reveals that the Father offers His mercy to sinners. Those who accept His mercy become His heirs. By becoming heirs to the Kingdom, we set ourselves against the powers and principalities of the world. To live life along the Way of Christ, walking and talking as he did, is necessarily a bold challenge to the world. It's a defiant poke in the eye of sin and death and a slap to the face of those who choose disobedience. To the foolish will – a will twisted by folly – submitting to the rule of Love is outrageous, especially given that Love entails sacrifice. The world thrives on Self – Me, Myself, & I. This narcissistic folly fuels pride and envy and greed and Christ stands firmly for the liberation of the human person from this diseased isolation. Thus, the divisions his arrival, mission, and ministry cause. When we take up his mission and ministry, we become the sources of division. Do not mistake the world's folly for the peace of Christ. “I have come to set the earth on fire.”

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