Roc Homily – Twentieth Sunday Ordinary Time 2016-Part Deux

“I have come not for peace but for division…”


No, not long division, but “two against three & three against two and the whole famdam’ly against each other…”

It seems to me: that though this passage concerns followers of Jesus in opposition to others, my burden of idealism tells me I don’t know very many disciples, really.  So, this passage speaks to me this way…

The level of division we experience today has more to do with differences of opinion. experience, and testosterone.  Divisions today have more to do, it seems to me, with the drive to defeat others and draw everyone to “my” way of looking at the world.  It’s about proving one’s worldview as right and that of others wrong.  I don’t see how this urge to victory has much to do with discipleship.

It also seems to me that “we” (the universal, not the papal) are far enough from the discipleship discussion that yesterday’s discussion about fire purifying gold in the furnace looms larger and much more important.  The call to conversion is constant, dang it.

(You can listen to Sunday’s homily about all this as well by going to yesterday’s post)


Happy day!  May the fire of the Spirit transform our lives!  Come, Lord Jesus!  –roc,sj

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