September 20, 2021

Day and night have always fascinated the human species. At first, the transitions were problematic. Daytime had its threats and rewards, whereas nighttime was dreadful. Not seeing what was out there and knowing what was there was reason enough to stay sheltered for the night. Then came the discovery of fire and its usefulness and destructive power. In the Judeo-Christian faith tradition, fire burns its way through the Old and New Testaments. So, from those sacred pages, we have the fire of baptism, a curious blend of water and fire; the Holy Spirit burns within us at confirmation; Pentecost brings us the fire of the Holy Spirit, and so on, all strong images for our reflection.

What are we to do with this fire? We light fire to see in the dark. By light of day, there is no need unless we see fire as our spiritual fuel, which is the point of Jesus’ message. Curious enough, as Jesus speaks of fire and light in darkness, in the recesses of our soul, in the darkness of solitude, he will show us a great light.

The fire of the Spirit burns in all of us, but we conceal it. What good is that! The gift we have, most precious, is to allow ourselves to burn with love for Jesus. Lovers’ passion for each other is often romanticized; a burning passion for saving the planet, a passion for alleviating suffering all grow out of our love for Jesus. It has no other source. This is not a what came first — the chicken or the egg. Our love for Christ is the source of all the love we can give to others.

Father Eymard lifts the biblical fires from the pages and transforms them into the living fire of the Eucharist. There in his presence, we feel the heat. Let the fire within burn us with the love of God.

Let Us Pray:

My lamp light flickers, dims, breathing its last. I pray, dear Lord, that you will replenish me, for I am in need.


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About Joe McCormack

Joe McCormack is an Associate of the Blessed Sacrament and a parishioner at St Paschal Baylon Church in Cleveland, Ohio.