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What does the Word of God tell us this Sunday? Agust 18

I have come to bring fire

In the first reading, we find the price that the prophet Jeremiah had to pay to speak the truth. He asked that his people not face war, because they were going to lose and die. However, his words were rejected and he was punished by being thrown into an empty pit. It would have been easy for the prophet Jeremiah to remain silent. But the Spirit made him question the leaders and tell them that they were wrong and that they made him suffer for it.

On the other hand, in today's Gospel text, Jesus reveals to us the difficulties that are often accompanied by the commitment of faith. Generally, we have the idea that Jesus' preaching is a message focused on love, Mercy and compassion, and indeed it is. But faith also implies difficulties, misunder-standings, persecution and criticism, for those who commit to it. Faith does not bring the disciple of Jesus a calm and easy peace, but a faith with struggle, tension and contradiction, because the disciple must follow the teacher on the way of the cross.

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