Lectio Divina: 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

“I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing!” — Luke 12:49


In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells His disciples how He has come to set the earth on fire. However, He notes how He wishes that it already blazing. Our spiritual life might go through levels of intensity or depth throughout our daily lives. One day we might feel as intense as an inferno. On another day, we might feel as weak as some sparking embers. On other days, we might feel steady and reliable as a campfire.

The good news is that we do not have to rely on our emotions. Emotions are good, but they can often blind. However, the importance lies in making sure we choose to love, choose to be merciful, choose to follow Jesus, even when we do not feel like it. Persistence and consistency are fuel to the fire of the spiritual life. Faithfulness defines a disciple. Making the decision to show up, even when our emotions don’t feel as intense as a blazing fire, is what sets us apart.

As we examine our hearts, in what ways are we keeping the fire alive? How are we fostering and nurturing our spiritual lives? Are we setting time aside to pray? Are we reading the lives of the saints in order to be inspired? Are we actively serving those in need? If you’re in need of some spiritual fuel, today’s Gospel serves as a little wake-up call!


  1. In what ways am I already on fire?
  2. Have I allowed the fire of my faith to dwindle?
  3. How can I keep the fire alive?
  4. Am I living out my baptismal duties?
  5. In what ways does Jesus bring division in my life?