The Gospel reading tells us that he has come “to bring fire upon the earth.” He has come to inflame us with love of God and love of neighbor. He has come to transform us so we would be men and women of God rather than men and women of the flesh and of the world. At the presentation of Jesus at the Temple, Simeon told his parents that Jesus will be “for the rise or fall of the multitudes of Israel. He shall stand as a sign of contradiction.” (Lk 2: 34- 35)
In the first reading Paul tells us that we are either for God and life or for Sin and death.
There is no middle ground: we are either for or against God and his Christ. We lead our lives in Sin and in this world or for God and his grace preparing treasure for heaven which will not rust.
May we live in God’s love and grace and spend our lives spreading his message of love and peace.