Lord, help me be committed to You without counting the cost
29th Week in Ordinary Time (B) : Thursday 21st October 2021
Rom. 6:19-23; Ps. 1:1-2,3,4,6;
Lk. 12:49-53 (Ps Wk I)
Paul appeals to the human experience of being enslaved to sin as a means of showing its futility. The acknowledgement that this kind of life leads nowhere but to death leaves the possibility of accepting a new kind of life freed from the slavery of sin, putting oneself at the service of love and justice, therefore committing one’s whole being to authentic living.
In the Gospel passage, Jesus explains further what this commitment will mean. It is far from being a cosy, comfortable feeling, sheltered from conflict and division. He is only too aware that commitment to His values will inevitably bring about division and pain right amid the closet of relationships.
The Christian who faithfully bears witness to Christ will undergo the inescapable ‘fire’ (Lk. 12:49) of purification of his faith when he experiences misunderstandings and hostilities, no matter how gentle and tactful he may be. And in some periods and crises, he will face actual persecution.
Lord, help me be committed to You and my fellow sisters and brothers without counting the cost.