Jesus said to his Apostles: “Do not think that I have come to bring peace upon the earth. I have come to bring not peace but the sword…one’s enemies will be those of one’s household. Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever does not take up their cross and follow after me is not worthy of me. If you find your life you will lose it, and if you lose your life for my sake you will find it.” (Matthew 10:34, 36-39)
Jesus, always a sign and a contradiction to the way we usually think, came to bring a sword of division between the world’s way and God’s way. This sword of truth goes all the way to the heart of reality and to the heart of every person. One who takes up the challenge to follow God’s truth will often be at odds internally and with those who are the closest of companions. This is how it is when you arrive at the heart of the matter. You are either with God or against God; you either gather or scatter. You cannot serve both God and the world of common thinking. You must be either hot or cold. The lukewarm are spat out. Jesus spoke very clearly about these things, so there is no question or a vague area about it at all. If you claim the title ‘Christian’ and believe Jesus is the Word of God, then the Way, the Truth, and the Life are unambiguous. Some serious choices and changes are in order without delay. The disturbing good news in today’s gospel comforts the afflicted and afflicts the comfortable.
“The spirit of faith is completely opposite the spirit of this world.” – Msgr. William Carr