Jesus says to [you and me] : “I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing!”
Whenever its appropriate, I imagine that Our Lord’s words in the Gospel are directed to me. If you find mental prayer difficult, a method like this might help you enter into a conversation with God. What does Our Lord’s word stir in your heart? Do you have a response to give? Does it surprise you that Our Blessed Lord wants to have a dialogue with you? Are there any blocks which are standing in the way of your entering into a deeper relationship with Our Lord?
God speaks to us in many ways. Often we don’t recognize the things he is saying or teaching to us. Sometimes we do recognize Our Lord’s presence, but we pull back or shut our ears. This is always the wrong response. As Benedict XVI said at the end the homily at his installation Mass:
Do not be afraid of Christ! He takes nothing away, and he gives you everything. When we give ourselves to him, we receive a hundredfold in return. Yes, open, open wide the doors to Christ – and you will find true life. Amen.
For many, this means that they will need to root out and be on guard against the temptation to become (or remain) lukewarm. Simply put, being lukewarm is doing nothing when you could do something. Lukewarmness is like a wheel that falls into a rut and is content to remain there instead of heading to higher ground on the path (where it would be more free). The lukewarm person settles for the way things are and makes no effort to strive for the greater gifts which God wants to give (1 Cor 12:31).
Our Lord and Our Lady beckon for us because they have so many treasures to give us! We only need to heed their promptings and turn to them!
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.