Message from Fr. Luis R. Largaespada V.F.

St. Hugh Church

“I Have Come to Set the Earth on Fire” (Lk 12:49).

Fire is dangerous. We have all seen the images of wildfires that destroy not only forests but in many cases entire neighborhoods, and which seem to get out of control more and more with each passing year. And so, we may ask, what is this fire Jesus speaks about?

Jesus is moved by the fire of the Holy Spirit, the love of God. It is the Spirit that impels Him to desire that baptism with which He must be baptized and which causes Him so much anguish (cf Lk 12:50).

It seems strange that the Prince of Peace says that He has not come to bring peace but division (12:51).

And yet, if we allow His fire to burn in us, this fire will set us apart from a world that does not understand the love of God, and will divide us even from those who are closest to us.

The author of the Letter to the Hebrews speaks of a great cloud of witnesses (Heb 12:1), the saints whose hearts burned with God’s love and endured division and persecution for the sake of Jesus and the Gospel. May we follow their example, put Jesus first and never cease to love. God bless you!

Fr. Luis R. Largaespada V.F.