I have come to bring ﬁre upon the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! But I have a baptism to undergo, and what anguish I feel until it is ﬁnished!
Do you think that I have come to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. From now on, in one house ﬁve will be divided: three against two, and two against three. They will be divided, father against son and son against father; mother against daughter and daughter against mother; mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law, and daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.”
READ: What a cloud of innumerable witnesses surround us!
REFLECT: Far from being a remote place somewhere beyond the sky, Heaven is all around us, only we are not aware of it. We are not alone in the universe. We bathe in Heaven.
PRAY: Let us pray for a share in the faith which animated the great Christians of the past and which inspired them to achieve great things for God.
ACT: Today let us remember a few times the great cloud of deceased loved ones surrounding us and cheering us on in our efforts to serve God.