Fr. Sanctus Mario
Inspiration and Bible Reflections

The Fire on Earth: Thursday 29th Week Ordinary Time of the Year B

Breakfast with the Word Thursday 29th Week Ordinary Time of the Year B

 

Luke 12:49-53

 

 

 

The Fire on earth Jesus said today is a statement one may misunderstand in a literal manner. At the mention of fire, the next thing that we may entertain in our minds is destruction, disaster and punishment. Today, Jesus says that one of the reasons and essence of his coming is to bring fire on earth.

 

 

One significant characteristic of fire is that it changes and transforms its object into another form. Another feature of fire is that it destroys and renders anything into flames. Then the question is what type of fire is Jesus bringing to the earth? To understand this let us go into deep analysis.

 

 

 

The Symbolism of Biblical Fire

 

In Isaiah 4:4, fire comes as a symbol of purification. The Lord promises to wash away guilts and bloodstains with a spirit of fire and judgement. In this case, fire refines.

 

In Amos 1:4, fire comes as a symbol of judgement and destruction. God promises to descend on the house of Hazael and the fortresses of Ben-Hadad with fire. Also, in Genesis 19, God destroys Sodom and Gomorrha with fire. This indicates that fire is also an element of destruction against evil.

 

The fire also can symbolise the presence of God. In Leviticus 9:24, fire came out from the presence of the Lord and consumed the offering. Also in 1 Kings 18:38 and Genesis 4, the Lord consumes the sacrifice of Elijah and Abel with fire. Even in Exodus 13 He guides the Israelites in a pillar of fire and encounters Moses like a burning bush ( Exodus 3:1-17).

 

In the New Testament, John the baptist says, that Jesus will baptise with fire and spirit and with a winnowing fork, He will gather the wheat into His barns and puts the chaff in an unquenchable fire. Here, fire denotes baptism, holiness, separation from evil and consequential punishment (Luke 3:15-18).

 

Also, on the Pentecost day, the Holy Spirit rests on them in the form of fire (Acts 2) and the apostles were totally transformed; a deep significance of total transformation.

 

 

The Fire that Jesus brings on Earth

 

From the gospel message, Jesus says his coming is to bring fire but there is baptism that is first awaiting Him. This activity will come as a result of this baptism which simply points to his death and resurrection.

 

So, just as fire is a symbol of change, the coming of Jesus is to transform the world through His death and suffering. This will ultimately lead to victory over death, sin and evil.

 

The tongues of fire on the apostles signifies the Holy Presence of the Holy Spirit. This in essence points out that a significant thing is happening in the lives of the Apostles.

 

Taking a step from the symbolism of fire and implication of Jesus statement today, one can conclude that the fire Jesus brings on earth is; the fire of change and transformation, the fire of the Spirit of God, the fire of purification from sin; leading the world to holiness, the fire of destruction over evil and the fire of divine presence. Hence, this is a time when evil will be subdued and God’s presence will surely abide.

 

In today’s gospel. Jesus wishes that this fire is already burning, which is the accomplishment of His purpose. When the Holy Spirit will reprove the world of its sin, righteousness and judgement. It is sin for those who do not believe, then Judgement and condemnation for the devil and his angels (John 16:8). This indicates finally the reign of God’s kingdom.

           

 

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Division, not Peace

 

 

Then in the gospel, Jesus asks

 

 

“Do you suppose that I am here to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. For from now on a household of five will be divided: three against two and two against three; the father divided against the son, son against father, mother against daughter, daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law, daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.’

 

Isaiah prophesies that the child to be born is to be called the prince of peace (Isaiah 9:6) ). Also at the birth of the Lord, the angels announce peace to people of goodwill. So it is certain His coming is to bring peace but then total division against evil.

 

This in essence means that there will certainly be a group of people who will accept Him and those who will totally reject Him. Also many of His disciples will be misunderstood and persecuted. Families will be divided between believers and non-believers.

 

To be a disciple of Jesus is to be ready to undergo this fire, awaiting the final judgement. Like John says; at the end, the wheat will be separated from the chaff and the chaff will be destroyed by fire (Luke 3;15-18), which signifies a total division between good and evil at the time of judgement.

 

 

 

 

Therefore, the fire that Jesus will bring, will create a division between good and evil. Many bad people will try to subdue the good.

 

Therefore, to be a disciple of Jesus is to prepare ourselves and thus understand that not everyone is going to understand you.

 

They may even gear up to attack and fight. This is a call to remain strong despite the persecutions and challenges of the moment.

 

Thus, this is a reminder that the fire will bring total division between good and evil. Evil may seem to rear its head at the moment, but there is always a day of reckoning.

 

In essence, this is then a call to remain strong in God and allow Him to have a deep place in our hearts despite the problems and challenges we are facing.

 

May God bless you and May He bring peace in our homes and country. Amen

 

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63 Comments
  1. Jared Ogare says

    Lord may your fire purify and make us remain faithful in you,Amen

    1. Nnenna Omaha says

      may the fire of God revive and transform in Jesus name AMENNNNNNN

  2. Stella Ekwemalor says

    Amen
    Good morning Padre

  3. Munachimso onuoha says

    Amen

  4. Angela Madu says

    Amen

    1. Mbama Christiana says

      Amen

  5. Yolanda Malebatsane says

    Amen🙏

    1. Chizoba Ekwueme says

      Amen!🙏

  6. Ohakwe Augusta says

    thank you for today’s word

    1. Nnenna Omaha says

      may the fire of God revive and transform using Jesus name AMENNNNNNN

      1. Nnenna Omaha says

        May the fire of God revive and transform us in Jesus name Amen.

  7. James Mailoushi says

    Amen, remain blessed to the glory of God’s name

    1. Elizabeth kiio says

      AMEN thanks father

  8. Agudosi Cordelia chinyere says

    Amen

  9. Anyanwu Francisca says

    Amen . O God, let me be filled with the fire of the Holy Spirit.🙏

  10. Ani Chinonyelum says

    Thanks, God bless you Padre

  11. Okonkwo onyinye says

    AMEN

  12. Ilokwe Rose Charity says

    Amen

  13. Vivian Onuoha says

    Heavenly Father, I need the fire of holiness

  14. Onyeoma Ukamaka says

    Amen

  15. Adichie Chizoba says

    Amen

    1. Chinasa Enekwechi says

      Amen!!! God almighty may out hearts be filled with your fire to always discern between evil and good. Also,to rekindle the zeal to do God’s word in every day of our lives.

  16. Ndukwe Amanda says

    Amen Padre
    Thank u so much.

  17. Loveth says

    Amen

  18. Obinna says

    Amen
    Thank you Fr.

  19. Eririogu Fidelia says

    Amen.Thanks

  20. Beatrice Solomon says

    Amen

  21. Chinasa Enekwechi says

    Amen!!! God almighty may out hearts be filled with your fire to always discern between evil and good. Also,to rekindle the zeal to do God’s word in every day of our lives.

  22. Rosemary says

    Amen

  23. Ojiogbu Chekwube says

    Amen

  24. Ugwu Obianuju G says

    Amen

    1. Onyekonwu Ngozi says

      Amen! Thank you Jesus. I pray thee for more fire upon my life in Jesus mighty name Amen.

  25. Onyinyechi Emeka-Ude says

    May this fire destroy every evil in my life and be a wall against every negative energy. Thank you Lord for your fire that is burning in me.Amen.

  26. Angela Ekere says

    Amen

    1. Dr Nick Onyia says

      Amen and amen. God bless you richly, fr.

  27. Nnametu chioma Michelle says

    Amen

  28. Chikeluba Amara says

    Amen…

  29. Sheila says

    Amen

  30. Anidiobi Sylvia Ngozi says

    A THUNDEROUS AMEN

  31. Eze felicita says

    Amen

  32. Iyke Lambert says

    May your fire purify me and bring me everlasting blessings with good health.

  33. Ozoemena chinasa says

    Amen

  34. Dinmah Lucy Chinyere says

    Amen

  35. Euphemia Onyebuchi says

    I pray that the fire will refine my life . Thank u l Lord for opening my eyes to this teaching.

  36. Ndubuike Hilda says

    Amen and Amen. My prayer request is for God to grant me healing from fibroid, send destiny helpers to me and grant my husband Ndubuike joseph Okwudiri financial favour and divine establishment. God’s protection over my family. Amen.

  37. Dr Nick Onyia says

    Amen and amen. God bless you richly, fr.

  38. arinze chinenye says

    Amen

  39. Ogechi Anugwom says

    Amen

  40. Regina Mobu says

    Amen

  41. Cynthia Douglas says

    Amen

  42. Ogwa Oluchi Rose says

    Amen

  43. Onah Lilian says

    Am🙏en, God bless you too.
    I pray for the fire of His Spirit in my life. Amen

  44. Michael Uzoechiena says

    Amen, thanks Padre

  45. Ozoro Christiana says

    Amen 🙏

  46. Grace Yina says

    Amen

  47. Bibiana Uche Unachukwu and family says

    Amen.God bless His words in our hearts Amen

  48. Amalu Gloria says

    Amen, fr thanks so much. May almighty God continue to strengthen u in his vine yard in Jesus mighty name we pray Amen.

  49. Theomaris says

    Amen 🙏

  50. GeraldineMary says

    Amen 🙏.

  51. Ugwu Josephine Nnenna. says

    Amen. God bless you.

  52. Enibe Jacinta Amara says

    Amen

  53. Doris Emmanuel Ogban says

    AMEN 🙏
    GOD BLESS and give me the GRACE to stand in Good 🙏

  54. Okeke Juliet Nneka says

    Amen 🙏. May our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ keep the fire of faith burning in us till the end. Amen 🙏.

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