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Subtle Irony

My wife and I were visiting the East Coast last week where we heard a priest talking about the scriptures.  He was discussing Christ’s statement, “I came not to bring peace but the sword,” and he was explaining that we need to read this passage in the context of the early church.  To be a Christian in Ancient Rome bore severe consequences that divided you from both your family and the culture of the day. He then went on to cite several historical examples.  People of the day were required to practice worship only in …

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Playing with Fire

There are some Gospel passages you never hear in Sunday school or religion class.  Yesterday’s passage from Luke is one of them.  We like stories about miracles and healings.  We like parables about mustard seeds and prodigal sons.  We tell kids about how Jesus was a cute little baby in a manger, about how he died and rose from the dead.  We tell them that Jesus loves them very much.  But I’ll wager we don’t share these words with our 5 year olds too often: “I have come to set the earth on fire, and …

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Christ at the Center Home Edition

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 …

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