The Dividing Line – Good News for October 21

21 10 2010

Luke 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.”

The Daily Path: At first glance I thought to myself “What on earth is this about? Household against household? Brother against brother?” Jesus’ lesson seems contrary to the unity that is core to so many other Gospels. But in further reflection the answer is there in my own experience.

I have found that to be a disciple of Christ I am called to make choices every day. Theses decisions often divide me from what my ego desires. Many times my choice is contrary to what my family or friends would like. Most of the time these choices surround little things. Here is where division comes into play.

Do I start my day with Christ or some pressing work? Do I go to Mass on Sunday or do I (we as a family) sleep in? Do I sacrifice going to a ball game in order to spend time with my wife who needs extra attention? Do I have the courage to tell a friend that their comments are offensive or contrary to how I have chosen to lead my life? Do I have the strength to modify my own behavior in order to live more fully in Christ?

The battle is in my heart and mind to make choices in my own life. Choices that may be unpopular. Choices that divide even my own family. Choices that disappoint all but God.

As you go through the day, see if you can consciously identify one of these choices you are being called to make. recognize a small choice that divides.

Room to Chat:

A great prayer from St. Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians 3:14-21…

Brothers and sisters,

I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that he may grant you in accord with the riches of his glory to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inner self, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the holy ones what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Now to him who is able to accomplish far more than all we ask or imagine, by the power at work within us, to him be glory in the Church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.