Thursday of week 29 in Ordinary Time
Gospel – Luke 12:49-53
“I have come to bring fire to the earth”. What is that fire which Jesus brought to earth. Jesus assumed the human suffering and transformed it by his incarnation into a measurement of love, a fire which brings out the truth in love. In Jesus the suffering is transformed into a totally different reality. It became the measurement of love. It became a fire. A fire which makes the division between the real love and fake love, between superficial love and profound love. Love which stands this fire becomes the true love. Love which withstands the suffering or welcomes the suffering to love becomes the true love. Jesus speaks about his distress in the same text, “There is a baptism I must still receive, and how great is my distress till it is over”. It is the reality of this fire – solitude, betrayal, misunderstanding, indifference, and other forms of suffering. A love which endures this fire is the true love.