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Twentieth Sunday In Ordinary Time
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Jesus said to his disciples: “I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing!”
The Prophet Jeremiah. One of Israel’s greatest prophet’s, Jeremiah, was thrown into a cistern by his enemies! Why? Why did they do something like this!
We all know the famous saying: “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names [words] will never hurt me.” I don’t know if teachers still teach this in schools, but it’s not true! Words do hurt us. Jeremiah was thrown into a well because his words were considered “demoralizing.”
As children we were brought up learning that lies would land us in trouble. Parents: Have you broken the bad news to your kids, yet? Have you told them that telling the truth will land them into even bigger problems at work and with the government? Most teenagers figure it for themselves, especially when they lose a close friend because they told them the truth.
Jeremiah got in trouble with his own people not because he told them lies or what they wanted to hear. He got in trouble because he told them what they didn’t want to hear; that is, he told them the truth.
I have come to set the earth on fire. Christ has this incredible, almost insatiable, desire to set the world on fire; to reveal himself to us!
He has so much to tell us, and it’s consuming Him. He has so much to do, and it is killing Him. He is the Word made flesh and He feels trapped in his own skin!
He wants to put a new song into our mouth (cf. Ps 40:3).
I recently watched the new Lady Gaga video and I wasn’t surprised. A lot of critics weren’t either. They gave it a big “F”. It didn’t make to the top of any charts. It didn’t make it to the number one, number two or even number three spot. The producers said it would be shocking. It wasn’t. It was actually very boring. There’s just so little that you can wear until you’re naked. And that’s no longer shocking. What will be next? Will we see her internal organs?
Katy Perry came out with her new song: “Roar.” The critics called it lame. They said it was more like a kitten’s meow. I agree.
What is shocking? Duck Dynasty! That’s shocking! I just read that season four’s premiere shattered cable TV’s record with 11 million viewers! Why? What’s so special about this program? Well, it’s wholesome, and wholesome, my dear friends, is shocking today. It’s about normal people, and that is very shocking today. It’s about hard working brothers that work together and enjoy spending time together, and that is unheard of today. It’s about people who pray to God, and that is unfashionable in today’s highly dysfunctional society.
Faith is shocking, and it shocks the hell out of this world, literally.
Faith gives life to life. It brings life to life. It makes life worth living. Let’s get some matches burning, shall we?
Let’s start putting some faith in our romances; in our relationships; in our marriages; in our culture; in our homes; in our work; in our sports; and in our lives!
It’s not easy, but it’s worth trying. And try we must. Don’t give me that bull that it’s hard to do. In the letter to the Hebrews, the author writes: “In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood.”
How true! I usually give-up long before I even start sweating, let alone shedding, and shedding blood!
Enough is enough! Time to shed some blood. Time to put some faith back into my life!
Push yourself to have a more intimate relationship with the Lord; to make yourself more familiar with the things of God.
Start saying and doing what Christ was dying to say and do. (73)
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