Thursday, October 25, 2018

“Standing courageously for an unpopular opinion isn't easy, but the rewards of standing courageously for the truth will last forever."

“The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.” ― Dante Alighieri: (1265 – 1321: was a major Italian poet of the Late Middle Ages)

Gospel Text: (LK 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 divided against his son
and a son against his father,
a mother against her daughter
and a daughter against her mother,
a mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law
and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law."

Jesus didn’t come to bring a period of tranquility where everyone holds hands in a circle – he came to bring upheaval to the ways of this world. He came in “essence” to “flip tables”. He came to disrupt our faux version peace. 

As a result, everyone turned on him, and they killed him for it.

To follow in his footsteps? Well, at a minimum that will really complicate even your closest relationships – and that’s what Jesus meant when he said, “I didn’t come to bring peace, but a sword.”

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