Prayer of the Day

Feast of St. John of Capistrano

October 23rd, 2014
""I have come to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were blazing already!" ( Luke 12:49-53)" Luke 12 : 49

In today’s gospel Jesus speaks of ‘fire’ and ‘baptism.’  He proclaims his mission as that of bringing fire to the earth.  But before this can be accomplished he has to undergo a fearful baptism.   The baptism he speaks about is his terrible passion and death.  The shadow of the cross must have been a terrible suffering for Jesus: “great is my distress until it is over.”  Anticipation of suffering is nearly always worse than its  realisation.  In our day and age when we have pain-killers for even the slightest discomfort the thought of the cruelty of the cross is abhorrent. Jesus on the cross went down into the very depths of our suffering in order to be with us and to release the fire of the Holy Spirit on the earth. At Pentecost that fire came down on the disciples in the upper room and it transformed them from being frightened human beings to becoming courageous witnesses for Christ.  Over the centuries that fire has been brought to the ends of the earth.

Prayer Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be crested. And you shall renew the face of the earth. O God who by the light of the Holy Spirit did instruct the hearts of the faithful grant that by that same Spirit we may be truly wise and ever rejoice in his consolation through Christ, our Lord. Amen