“I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing!” Jesus is not subtle in his desire to change the world. He uses the most awesome thing known in his time, fire, as the description of how He wishes to affect us. Fire is powerful, hard to control, and immediately grabs our attention because it is dangerous. Fire threatens us, and demands a reaction from us lest it destroy us.
In the same way, the presence of Jesus in our lives should be all-consuming. He should be constantly on our minds, affecting all of our choices. We are in relationship with the God of the Universe! What could be more important or worthy of our time and attention? We should think and act always in accord with our identity as Christians, as a people who belong to Christ, who serve Him and his people. If this upsets us or those around us then we know we are doing it right!
If no one has ever noticed the fire of faith that burns within us then we need to relight the fire of our faith. May the Holy Spirit fan into flame the graces of our baptism and help us to spread the fire of God’s love across our world.