Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Reading 1 JER 38:4-6, 8-10
Reading 2 HEB 12:1-4
Gospel LK 12:49-53
Sermon and Homily Notes
1. Set the Fire on Earth to cleanse not the material thinks but soul.
Jesus is not speaking abut the ordinary fire to set on the earth. The ordinary fire will burn everything and make them into ashes. The meaning of set the fire on earth is not to burn and destroy things, but to cleanse and to create to a new spiritual dimension in the hearts of the people . The fire which Jesus is referring here is not to deal with material things, but to deal with human souls. Jesus wants to set fire on souls of humans.
Bible verses for Fire
John answered them all, saying, “I baptize you with water, but he who is mightier than I is coming, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.
He makes his messengers winds, his ministers a flaming fire.
For our God is a consuming fire.
If I say, “I will not mention him, or speak any more in his name,” there is in my heart as it were a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I am weary with holding it in, and I cannot.
The sinners in Zion are afraid; trembling has seized the godless: “Who among us can dwell with the consuming fire? Who among us can dwell with everlasting burnings?”
1 Kings 18:38
Then the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt offering and the wood and the stones and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.
And fire came out from the Lord and consumed the 250 men offering the incense.
2. The second Baptism of Jesus
In this event Jesus is speaking about the second baptism of himself that he is going to receive. The first baptism Jesus receives in the hands of John the baptist in the river of Jordan.
The second baptism of Jesus is the death and resurrect of Jesus at mount Calvary.
We as Christians are quiet satisfied with the first baptism without knowing that the second baptism fulfills the will of the heavenly father.
We all are called to be baptized with the second baptism which is the death and resurrection of ourselves. We need to die in Christ, that is the meaning of second baptism.
Bible verses for Baptism
Luke 3:16 “John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire:”
Mark 16:16 “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.”
Acts 2:38 “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”
1 Corinthians 12:13 “For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.”
Galatians 3:27 “For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.”
1 Peter 3:21 “The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:”
3. Separation and division between good and bad and darkness and light.
“Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth?
No, I tell you, but rather division.”
In the first sentence itself Jesus is saying that he has come to set fire on earth. The very fact is that earth is not heaven to see everything with the divine plane. Our earth is with good and bad, darkness and light.
What is the work of Jesus here? The work of Jesus here is to separate good from bad and darkness from light.
Here I give some reflections of some people from the internet. You can have some ideas on them….
“Christ came to save the lost, of which I am one. The fact that he is saying He wishes it was already kindled shows the great need for our salvation. We have so many comfort zones that when the truth is shown we tend to squirm if it messes around with our comfort zone. But these comfort zones are able to cause atrophy. Without Christ in our lives we all are like that frog who is placed in a pot of water, heated up on the stove and not even realizing that we are being killed. When we come into the light of Christ we care enough to tell our little frogs jump out, run for your lives. Many of us don’t want to hear the truth even if it is good for us. We have been given that free will, choices. But obedience to the Will of our Father is tough for some who have been use to having it there own way and not seeing any other way. When we as a parent try to force them into the light there is a fight, but if we try to pray them into it we will have the help of our Lord, and little fires will be kiindled for His glory, isn’t that what it is all about, to God be the Glory, Great things He has done.”
2. “Division in the family unit is one that goes on for eternity, and Jesus states it clearly. Every human has a right to do and believe in what they wish, and no one can stop them. If a child moves towards Christ at an early age, and the elders don’t, what right does the elders have to stop a child in that belief? It’s a tricky situation, as the beliefs a chid may take up can also be very dangerous. So when do the elders step in? That’s a legal question, and should be answered by God himself!!
3. “Jesus is saying that father, mother and son will disagree with one another, for instance my father (akanvese) was woshing gods so when i gave myself to Christ he was not free with me again. Even the Bible said if you want to followe Me (Christ) you must deny youself, father and mother and take the CROSS and followe Me.”
Having come to the end of this reflection we need to understand that Jesus wants to set fire on our souls. If we cleanse our heart and soul from bad, Jesus will help us to die for him to have eternal life.