Christ at the Center Home EditionAugust 17th, 2013
August 18, 2013: 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Gospel: Luke 12: 49-53
Jesus said to his disciples: “I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing! There is a baptism with which I must be baptized, and how great is my anguish until it is accomplished! Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. From now on a household of five will be divided, three against two and two against three; a father will be divided against his son and a son against his father, a mother against her daughter and a daughter against her mother, a mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.”
Today Jesus warns us His Word will create conflict between parents and children. Much of the world we live in pushes us to think only of ourselves and getting as much of what we want as possible. Parents must continue to teach and live the gospel values of respect, service to others, forgiveness, generosity and compassion. A Christian family is a counter-cultural family. Talk about this together.
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