Commentary on the Gospel of
The fire that Jesus speaks is not destructive, but it stands for the working of God. Fire in the scripture stands for God’s presence and God’s actions. Holy Spirit is also understood as fire that warms up God’s grace in us. Fire also functions as purifying and testing element. It is a challenge to love God and place him above family relationships. True faith and love will inspire love of God above all else and in that process family and friends can turn against us. Jesus demands his disciples to give priority to God, to his love and service.
St. Paul says we are freed from slavery of sin in order to serve God and to bear fruits of holiness. This is the freedom that Jesus invites to possess, freedom to live totally for God. Does belonging to Jesus impel you to give God first place in your life?