Reflection 7 

Text (Gospel Story) Luke 12:49-53

Jesus said to his disciples: “I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing! There is a baptism with which I must be baptised, and how great is my anguish until it be accomplished! Did 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… ”

Sharing the Mission

On the journey of life, we must make choice. Our instincts, our selfishess, our pride will often suggest to us to follow them. It is an easier road. But Christ, His Church and our consciences suggest another way. To follow that road, we must say no to our natural instincts. It may be difficult and demand much effort, but that effort will bring with it a peace and contentment.

Discussion 

What lessons have you gained from the experiences of those we serve that have led to a feeling of peace and contentment in your life?

Prayer

(Leader) Lord Jesus, bless us this day,

(Together) With the courage to follow you.

(Leader) Lord Jesus, bless us this day,

(Together) With willingness to forgive those who hurt us.

(Leader) Lord Jesus, bless us this day,

(Together) With the strength to care for the poor.

(Leader) Lord Jesus, bless us this day,

(Together) With the faith to live our convictions. Amen