light my fire
"I remind you to stir into flame the gift of God..." —2 Timothy 1:6
In today's Gospel passage, Jesus speaks of flame when He references the burning bush (Mk 12:26). Moses saw an angel of the Lord appear to him "in fire flaming out of a bush" (Ex 3:2). That experience stirred into flame a blazing fire for God in Moses' heart.
In our Baptism and Confirmation, we have been given gifts of the Spirit (Rm 12:6; Eph 4:8). Hundreds of millions of people on this earth have received incredible gifts from the Holy Spirit. Why then is the world in such a mess when the Spirit has given us so much help? Many have stifled (1 Thes 5:19) and saddened (Eph 4:30) the Spirit by living "at the level of the flesh" (Eph 2:3), and the flesh fights against the Spirit (Gal 5:17). However, the Holy Spirit also fights against the flesh (Gal 5:17), if only we give the Spirit permission.
Jesus came to light a fire on the earth (Lk 12:49), but many are afraid they'll get burnt. When you're tempted to douse the Spirit, God wants you to throw gasoline on it. When you're tempted to put a damper on the Spirit's fire burning in your life, God wants you to put a blowtorch on it.
Fr. Al Lauer, founder and longtime author of One Bread, One Body, once said: "The more I say 'No' to myself, the more I say 'Yes' to the Holy Spirit." "My point is that you should live in accord with the Spirit and you will not yield to the cravings of the flesh" (Gal 5:16).
Prayer: Father, may I not be so afraid of getting burnt that I fail to catch fire. Consuming Fire (Heb 12:29), melt my heart in Your love.
Promise: "God has saved us and has called us to a holy life." —2 Tm 1:9
Praise: St. Marcellinus, like Paul and Silas, converted his jailer and his family. He and his companion, St. Peter, became martyrs for their faith.
Reference: (This teaching was submitted by a member of our editorial team.)
Rescript: †Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, December 29, 2009
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