'We must be pure. I do not speak merely of the purity of the senses. We must observe great purity in our will, in our intentions, in all our actions.'-St. Peter Julian Eymard
(Scripture Reading: Mal 3:1-4)
Thus says the Lord God:
Lo, I am sending my messenger
to prepare the way before me;
And suddenly there will come to the temple
the LORD whom you seek,
And the messenger of the covenant whom you desire.
Yes, he is coming, says the LORD of hosts.
But who will endure the day of his coming?
And who can stand when he appears?
For he is like the refiner’s fire,
or like the fuller’s lye.
He will sit refining and purifying silver,
and he will purify the sons of Levi,
Refining them like gold or like silver
that they may offer due sacrifice to the LORD.
Then the sacrifice of Judah and Jerusalem
will please the LORD,
as in the days of old, as in years gone by.
Fire. - It changes things.
I believe God wants to enter into each of us and speak to us individually in a unique way. However, he won’t just come barging in our lives without an invitation. He’s polite like that. But the reality is, if we choose to let him in, it is a little dangerous. He comes like fire, changing our hearts and purifying us. He asks us to leave certain habits, addictions, and fears behind, refining our lives until he has made us new, even more beautiful creations.
He burns away the baggage that weighs us down.