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20th Sunday in Ordinary Time C

Sunday, August 18, 2019

You can be surprise of the words of Jesus who usually has very peaceful attitude but in today’s Gospel we see him animating to fight telling that he “has come to set the earth on fire and how he wish it were already blazing!” And he emphasize strongly that his coming is no peaceful but rather is related with division in the households. The key is the goal for which he has come to the earth: proclamation of the Kingdom of God; the context confirmed this conviction, and especially his words: “There is a baptism with which I must be baptized and how great is my anguish until it is accomplished!” The baptism he speaks about is his death on the cross for the salvation of the world; the anguish related to this cross is his suffering and the moment when he will fulfill his promise: establishing the Kingdom of God. Now everything is clear. In his mission of proclamation the Gospel, it means, of the good news about the Kingdom of God Jesus is motivated by an inner ardor of the Holy Spirit which enable him to die on the cross for the salvation of the world because that is a plan of God. This big stake leaves no place for any compromise. It is infallible related with a division in many households. In those things there are no compromises; there are fight with the powers of evil to which we cannot give access to work. With his example Jesus begin the fight calling everyone to follow him even at a cost to make division in their own household. The standing on the side of the truth and God cost Jeremiah, from our first reading today, suffering and prison. To Jesus costs the way of the cross and death. It is a way of every followers of Jesus. This is the course of nature when we speak about the kingdom of goodness; it has to be work of fight without any compromise with the result to establish the peace of Christ: first in the hearth of the people and through them in whole the world. We can boldly resume our reflections with the words of the author of Hebrew letter, from the second reading today: “Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to us and persevere in running the race that lies before us while keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the leader and perfected of faith. For the sake of the joy that lay before him he endured the cross, despising its shame, and has taken his seat at the right of the throne of Gog.”