Aug. 14 Luke 12:49-53 Speak out
There is such a thing as collective self-deception. In today’s first reading, disaster is staring in the face of the people of Jerusalem and they refuse to acknowledge it. Jeremiah speaks out and ends up being thrown in the cistern for it. This collective self-deception is just part of the human experience and is every bit present today as it was then. When we point to the waiting disaster and then stand up for what is good, loving, and healthy for all, we can expect to be treated like Jeremiah. This is what Jesus is referring to in the gospel when he proclaims that division will be part of his legacy. We need to pray that we be able to see and name the disaster and then have the courage like Jeremiah to speak out.