Today’s Thoughts: After praying with today’s Gospel last evening before heading to bed it was on my mind as I opened my eyes this morning. I can’t help but hear Jesus’ words in the articles, headlines and reflections that I often read about the political situation today and about the Church. With all the turmoil in our country and at times in our Church you might surmise that our country and our Church is in trouble. That we seem to be in the midst of confusion and unthinkable divisions. In all the chatter you would think the “End Time” is just around the corner.
Yet, my response to all of this chatter, media and hysteria is – in the immortal words of Aaron Charles Rodgers, quarterback of the Green Bay Packers, as the Packers got off to a slow start a few seasons ago – “Relax!”
Jesus tells us in the Gospel today (Luke 12:49-53) that there will be divisions, conflicts and struggles because of his presence, message, ministry and call. He tells us that he has come to set the earth on fire and through the centuries that is exactly what has happened from time to time. There is no reason to believe that it will stop anytime soon unless God has other plans. As long as there are two people there will be disagreements, struggles and challenges.
Yes, my suggestion for what is going on these days is to “Relax!” Yes, the living of life and the living of faith can be and often is messy, yes there are and will be fights, disagreements and divisions in our country and our churches but let’s all have some faith in the Holy Spirit. Let’s all have some faith in the process of living, of believing. Let’s all believe in the breadth and length and height and depth of Christ love!
Have a great Thursday everyone!
Fr. Paul R. Fagan, C.P. "Preacher on the Run"
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