Reflection — August 24th
Jesus said: ‘I came to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already kindled!’ (See verse 49).
The vision I have when I read this line is of a forest fire, blazing wildly out of control, consuming all that is in its path. A fire that won’t go out no matter how much water is dropped on it. A fire that cleanses the land. A fire that eventually brings new life.
Jesus isn’t talking about a physical fire sweeping over the earth but a fire that is ignited within our hearts. A fire sparked by the Holy Spirit. A fire that empowers us to follow Jesus’ example and live according to his
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