Daily Reflection for Thursday, October 21, 2021
Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners,
We encourage you to reflect on Thursday's readings at this link:
If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: Romans 6:19-23
Responsorial: Psalm 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6
Gospel: Luke 12:49-53
Our reflection on Thursday’s readings:
If you could draw or find an image of Jesus, what would He look like? I have seen many images of Jesus in the many retreat spaces I have visited, books I have read, and churches I have visited. My own image of Jesus probably can add to the collection of images I have seen along my life’s journey. As followers of Jesus, we all have an image, yet I wonder if we all agree with each other’s image. Jesus, to me, may look one way and Jesus to you may look another way.
I am wondering if this is what the Gospel reading is telling us today. It is a very difficult reading to contemplate, as Jesus expresses that He is not coming to bring peace but division. As a stand-alone passage, this reading can be used to create an image of Jesus that promotes violence and unrest among families, among communities, and among nations. Yet, as I sit with this reading more, I just keep asking myself, “What is Jesus trying to tell me today?”
As I sit with this question, I think of the many images of Jesus. I just come up with more questions. Is my image of Jesus the same as yours? Does my image of Jesus, divide me against my fellow Christian sisters or brothers? Or does it unite us? How do I come to the table to talk about my image of Jesus? Do I come with a posture seeking peace or a posture that seeks to prove that my image of Jesus is the right image? Jesus says today, I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing! I wonder if Jesus’ great desire for us is that our hearts burn with the fire of love. Yet, how do we do this when our images of Jesus differ?
I sit with today’s reading with more questions than I have insights. I do believe Jesus does ask me today, “Do you come to the table with a posture of peace or do you come with a posture that wants to prove that you are right, Margarita?” I leave this reading with a mirror in my hand. My heart desires to see a reflection that reveals a fire of love. Yet, as I take an honest look at the reflection, I realize that what my heart desires needs to match what I see. I am left with one more question; “Does what I desire match with what I see?”
May your image of God reflect back a fire of love,
Margarita Solis Deal