– Thursday of the 29th Week in Ordinary Time –
“I came to cast fire upon the earth; and would that it were already kindled! I have a baptism to be baptised with; and how I am constrained until it is accomplished!” (Luke 12:49-50)
Let us try to understand these words of Jesus: “I came to cast fire upon the earth; and would that it were already kindled!” Let us hear this desire of Christ, and let our homes, our families, and our friendship groups be places where this fire is lit and present, taking us beyond human love and bringing us close to the heart of Jesus. Then we will be able to love our brothers divinely as Jesus himself loves them, knowing that if we do not receive this love, it appears unbearable because it surpasses all human demands to make us love the heart of Christ and those whom he loves, with his own divine love.
Let us ask the Holy Spirit to help us discover the fire that is in the heart of Christ and that must take hold of our poor human hearts so that we can love as Jesus loves, in this burning fire that surpasses all our limits and our horizon: “Love one another as I have loved you” (John 15:12), “Love the Father as I love him.” Jesus wants each of us to receive from him and from Mary that burning fire which is his victorious love. He ‘desires with a great desire’ — the desire with which he instituted the Eucharist — to give himself to us fully, to awaken our faith and to renew in us that divine light which enables us to be fully receptive to his burning fire, to his love.
It is indeed his heart, burning with love and victorious over all suffering, that the Father wants to give us so that we may be ‘one’ with him in this love. Mary is there to teach us to receive this fire without being afraid of it. Because thanks to her and through her, this burning fire of Christ’s heart takes on a modality of gentleness, of tenderness, so that we are no longer afraid of this love, of this fire that wishes to transform all suffering from within.
by Sr Samuel Angleys