August 14
Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Christian Fairy Tale

Jer 38:4-6, 8-10 / Ps 40:2, 3, 4, 18 / Heb 12:1-4 / Lk 12:49-53

Once upon a time, when Christians ruled the earth, everyone lived happily ever after—well, not exactly.  Jesus tells us a different story in today’s Gospel.  Division is often the unintentional fruit of a missionary disciple.  It is especially difficult when the division occurs close to home, in our own families.  We may find ourselves with Jeremiah in the cistern calling out “Rupunzel, let down your hair!”  Wait, wrong story.  We’d cry out, “Lord, come to my aid!”  Only God could have heard Jeremiah’s supplication.  God will answer our prayers, maybe immediately, maybe later or maybe in a way we did not expect.  Fairy tales have happy endings, but our tale does not end, it continues on into eternity, where eye has not seen and ear has not heard, and where a great cloud of witnesses awaits our arrival.  There’s no place like home!