We Are A Missionary Church

17 Aug 2019 by SHRCChurch, Comments Off on We Are A Missionary Church

Today’s Gospel opens with one of my favorite passages from Scripture: “I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing.”

While we firmly believe that Jesus is the Prince of Peace and that he offers each believer a gift of interior peace whatever might be going on around them, that is not so for the world as such, as pointed out so vividly in today’s Gospel: “Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division.”

Bear in mind that “the earth” in the Scriptures is very often a metaphor for all that is rebelling against or will not accept God. However we may wish to romanticize some periods in the past (Medieval European (only) Christendom, perhaps), it has always been such for life on this earth that it presents a turmoil of division, if not downright violence for believers.  In our era, perhaps never more subtle, yet never more determined to do away with us.

The opening line in today’s Gospel challenges us not to hunker down in a defensive posture, but rather with a fire in our hearts to take the offensive and show the world that we are a missionary church, every one of us. Fire equals fervor.

Maybe not all, but there are people out there dependent on us, to hear the word that will put them on the right side of history.

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