Today’s Gospel is a bit sobering. Jesus tells the disciples: “I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing!” Then he asks them: “Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division.” He then talks about households being divided and family members turning on each other. What is the message Jesus is trying to convey ? Is he trying to open our minds and hearts to the reality of our world ?
Nowadays we see and hear multiple stories of division and violence: in families, cities and countries. Perhaps the most frightening stories are the ones that take place in our own cities, our own neighbourhoods and perhaps within our own families.
Is Jesus trying to frighten us? Or is he simply hoping to awaken us? Is he trying to motivate us to live peacefully, lovingly, cooperatively and respectfully with each and every person on earth? Now, take a moment and imagine a world where every single person was respected and honoured simply because he or she is a human being whom God created in love.