Presentation Ministries
View Cart  ·  Make a Donation  ·  About PM  ·  Contact Us   
Search: PM Catholic Sites   
 Home 
One Bread
One Body
Daily Bread
Radio
Small Christian
Communities
Publications
Audio & Video
Catalog
Retreats
Bible
Institute
Guadalupe
Bible College
 Prayer 
Room

One Bread, One Body

Language: English | Español

All Issues > Volume 32, Issue 4


<< Sunday, June 26, 2016 >> 13th Sunday Ordinary Time
 
1 Kings 19:16, 19-21
Galatians 5:1, 13-18

View Readings
Psalm 16:1-2, 5, 7-11
Luke 9:51-62

Similar Reflections
 

FIREPLACE?

 
"Would You not have us call down fire?" —Luke 9:54
 

James and John asked Jesus: " 'Lord, would You not have us call down fire from heaven to destroy them?' [Jesus] turned toward them only to reprimand them" (Lk 9:54-55). On another occasion, Jesus proclaimed: "I have come to light a fire on the earth. How I wish the blaze were ignited!" (Lk 12:49) Sometimes Jesus wants to call down fire; at other times, He doesn't.

Elijah was the world champion in calling down fire from heaven (see 1 Kgs 18:38; 2 Kgs 1:10, 12; Sir 48:3). However, on at least one occasion in Elijah's life, "the Lord was not in the fire" (1 Kgs 19:12). Why is the Lord in some fire and not in others?

The Lord is not usually in the fire of destruction but in the fire of discipleship. Elijah's astounding power to call down fire surrounded the greatest ministry of his life, the calling of Elisha to be his disciple (see 1 Kgs 19:16ff). After Jesus rebuked John and James for wanting to call down fire on the Samaritans, Jesus focused on the call to discipleship (Lk 9:57-62). This culminated in the first Christian Pentecost. "Tongues as of fire appeared, which parted and came to rest on" 120 disciples (Acts 2:3). This led to three thousand people being baptized into discipleship (Acts 2:41).

The Lord wants us to call down fire if we call forth disciples. "Light a fire on the earth" (Lk 12:49) to "make disciples of all the nations" (Mt 28:19).

 
Prayer: Father, set our hearts on fire (Lk 24:32).
Promise: "Remember that you have been called to live in freedom — but not a freedom that gives free rein to the flesh." —Gal 5:13
Praise: Praise You, risen Lord Jesus, for sending the Holy Spirit to light a fire upon the earth. We give You our hearts in worship.
 
(For a related teaching on Holy Spirit Our Hope, order, listen to, or download at presentationministries.com our CD 81-3 or DVD 81-CH. 3 or order our tape on audio AV 81-3 or video V 81.)
 
 
Rescript: In accord with the Code of Canon Law, I hereby grant the Imprimatur ("Permission to Publish") for One Bread, One Body covering the period from June 1, 2016 through July 31, 2016.
†Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, January 20, 2016.
 
The Imprimatur ("Permission to Publish") is a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free of doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
Volume 32, Issue 4
  > Today's Reflection
  · List of Reflections
  · Letter to Readers
  · Top 100 Scriptures
  · XML / RSS Feed
  · eBook Edition
 
Subscription Requests
  · Subscribe, change, renew or cancel subscription
  · Sign-up for OBOB daily e-mail
 
Share OBOB
  · Send a sample issue to a friend
  · Order a box of OBOB for your group
  · E-mail a sample OBOB teaching to a friend

 

 

 
Home   ·   One Bread
One Body
  ·   Daily Bread
Radio
  ·   Small Christian
Communities
  ·   Publications   ·   Audio & Video
Catalog
  ·   Retreats   ·   Bible
Institute
  ·   Guadalupe
Bible College
  ·   Prayer
Room
 

Copyright © 2016 Presentation Ministries.
 
Make a Donation · About PM · Contact Us · Link To Us · Privacy Policy