Reflection of the Word of God, Sunday August 14th
Sunday Readings: Jer 38, 4-6, 8-10; Heb 12, 1-4;
Lk 12, 49-53
Jesus Christ expects a radical decision from us, the firm decision to which he calls us is to choose him as our Lord and Messiah. Having him as the center of our existence. It is a radical decision because it does not accept things by halves. If we don't choose Him, then we are rejecting Him.
In this choice of faith, Jesus prepares us to be able to reject the false ways of salvation, those that are so insistently proposed to us every day: the mere enjoyment of life, wealth, power, selfishness, the exclusion of others, violence to earn the "respect" of others, etc.
If we choose to follow God's ways, we also need to have the ability to make difficult decisions, even if that leads to conflict. Christ speaks of those conflicts today when he refers to the division that he has come to bring to the earth. The decision to follow him means walking against the current and facing the enmity of even those closest to us.