Rant of the twenty ninth week of ordinary time


Things change, sometimes radically. Explosively. Violently and definitively. I did not come to be polite or to be nice, I didn’t come to sedate you. I am here to upset you. The last date before Christos, and the moment after are like an explosion. Things change radically’. There is a cultural shift, and not everyone was ready for it. That emotion is central to Jesus Christs message. Christianity is a revolution of the first century. Gone are the temples of the past, a new kingdom is established. Christ describes his ministry as if a bomb detonated, he describes it with as much violence as His disciples would see on the cross. His Cross. And how would anyone expect anything any different?

“I have come to set the earth on fire,
and how I wish it were already blazing!
There is a baptism with which I must be baptized,
and how great is my anguish until it is accomplished!
Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth? Lk 12:49-53

God has entered into creation, God called for a change to man’s ways. Think of that flood, Noah’s flood. Jesus entering is as catastrophic, as visible, and as violent; and all of that is before the Passion of the Lord. It is what He preached, a new order. That is something to be reckoned with, it is why His kinsmen judged Him so harshly. Some were content with the status quo and they enjoyed the way things were. Conflict and disruption. The 1960’s of the first century, I don’t think so; the sixties were not that radical, and they were not on the same scale. So many today look on Christ’s message as peaceful and complacent, and that is so far from the truth.It changed earth to the core, it spun differently and changed its axis. Christ is an eclipse of the universe, He is the birth of a new star; a new galaxy. Sunrise and sunset; alpha and omega, birth and death. How do we view it so calmly, so sedately, as if we matter more than He? That makes no sense. God entered into creation to set us on the right path, and we act as if it is our opinions that count? How absurd are we!

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