Today’s Consuming Fire Meditation- – A Daily Dose of the Flame of Love Diary Served Up with Today’s Scriptures
Memorial of Saint Vincent de Paul
Fire From Heaven
If a fire breaks out in a place, people come from everywhere so there is as little damage as possible. Then why do you not put out Satan’s fire? You let the flame of hell carry out its destruction. (Jesus) (August 7, 1962)
Today’s Readings: On the way they entered a Samaritan village
to prepare for his reception there,
but they would not welcome him
because the destination of his journey was Jerusalem.
When the disciples James and John saw this they asked,
“Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven
to consume them?” (Luke 9)
Prayer Meditation: Oh Lord, today’s Gospel can be kind of humorous when we think about John and James, the Sons of Thunder, wanting to call down fire from Heaven. Then we realize, so often that is us! How many of us have “called down fire” in throwing Bible verses or catechism paragraphs at our loved ones to prove we are right and they are wrong and on the wrong track! We judge others when it is Your job, assuming we know where they are heading but the truth is we do not even know where we are headed! Even St. Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 9:27 that he pommels his body to subdue it, lest after preaching to others he himself should be disqualified. It is not our job to call down fire from Heaven but to spread the Flame of Your Love so that we can truly counteract Satan’s Fire which rages out of control today. It is not spending time and energy on the latest outrage , no matter how justified that leads us to Heaven but spending time in prayer and adoration so that we can love others with Your Love that calls down the only Fire that heals!