Good News C38a
20th Sunday in
Luke 12:49-53 New American Bible
12:49-53 New International Version Bible Gateway
12:49-53 Contemporary English Version
“I have come to set the world on fire.”
came to set the world on fire. He wanted
his good news to spread through the world quickly. Baptism is a wiping away of sins…a
cleansing. The baptism Jesus was talking about was his death on the cross,
descending into hell, and resurrection from the dead. This baptism would wipe our sins away so that
we could enter into heaven.
There were five people in a family
that went to listen to Jesus preach. Every one in the family heard the message of Jesus. Out of
those five people, three believed him.
Two did not believe him. He came
to make people choose sides. This is the
division Jesus talked about. It means
that the family was not in agreement.
Today Christianity may be the world’s
largest religion. In 2001 there were 2.1
billion Christians according to the 2001 edition of the World Christian Encyclopedia. This
means that out of every 100 people in the world in 2001, 33 were Christian, 67 were not. The numbers have increased today. If there were 10 people, 3 would be Christian. 7
would not. If there were 5, 3 would be 2
would not. This supports what Jesus said in today’s Gospel.
Pray the “Our Father” and ask God
to help you spread the word and obey his commandments.
“Our Father, who art in Heaven,
be Thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
will be done,
earth as it is in heaven.
us this day, our daily bread.
forgive us our trespasses,
we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil. Amen.”
© 2004 Joan Y. Edwards