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Rooted and grounded

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ROOTED AND GROUNDED
 
The essence of Christianity is loyalty to Jesus Christ; a loyalty that takes precedence over all things. The love of God compels us to choose who will be first in our lives.   
 
Deacon John Ruscheinsky
 
In today's responsorial psalm we acclaim: The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.  He loves justice and what is right; that kindness dwells from within to others, which will help bring fullness to our lives as Christian people.
 
In the Gospel of Luke we read that Jesus said "I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing!" Fire in biblical times was associated with God and with His action in the world and in the lives of His people. God our Father sometimes manifested His presence by use of fire, such as the burning bush which was not consumed when God spoke to Moses (Ex 3:2). God's fire both purifies and cleanses, and it inspires a reverent fear of God and of His word in us.
 
Jesus' sharp statement that He would cause division rather than peace within families must have shocked His followers. Was he exaggerating? Jesus' needed to drive home an important lesson, think about it! We often do the same when we want to emphasize something strongly. The Gospel message does have consequence for our lives. It has the loving power to heal, restore, and unite those of us who believe its message. But the consequence of ignoring or rejecting the Gospels can lead to many hurtful desires and we only then can focus on the worldly things and what it is limited in offering.
 
Points to Pray and Ponder: The essence of Christianity is loyalty to Jesus Christ, a loyalty that takes precedence over all things. The love of God compels us to choose who will be first in our lives. Jesus challenges us to examine who we love first and foremost. To be a true follower (disciple), one loves God above all else and is willing to forsake all for Jesus Christ.  God is first in all we do!

 
 
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