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Light Some Fires

I have come to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were blazing already
Luke 12:49-53

Sermon Topic Holy Spirit

Sermon Week Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle C

Scripture Summary Luke 12:1

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Perhaps the most familiar scene in Thornton Wilder's play, "Our Town," is when twelve-year-old Emily, who has died, is allowed to come down from heaven and spend one more day on earth. Although she had looked forward eagerly to that extra day on earth, her visit is extremely disappointing and when her time is up she is quite ready to go back. The scene which follows is less familiar, perhaps, but equally as powerful. In it, Emily returns to heaven and expresses her keen disappointment in the experience she has just had on earth. A man named Simon Stimson responds to her disappointment saying ...

"Yes, now you know! That's what it was to be alive. To move about in a cloud of ignorance; to go up and down trampling on the feelings of those about you. To spend and waste time as though you had a million years. To be always at the mercy of one self-centered passion or another. Now you know -- that's the happy existence you wanted to go back and see. Did you shout to them? Did you call them?" Emily says: "Yes I did." Mr. Stimson replies: "Now you know them as they are: in ignorance and blindness."

In today's Gospel Lesson, Jesus tells His disciples that He has come down from heaven "to bring fire to the earth" (Lk.12:1). Jesus came to light a fire in the hearts of us human beings who move in clouds of ignorance and who go trampling on the feelings of others. Jesus came to light a fire in the hearts of us human beings who spend and waste time as though we have a million years to live on earth. Jesus came to set our hearts ablaze with the fire of the Holy Spirit which purifies our soul of self-centeredness and pride -- the root causes of all our hostilities and enmities.

Our very presence here implies that most, if not all, of us know what it means to receive Christ into our lives. We know what it means to say "Yes" to the Christ Spirit in [...]

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