A fire has been kindled from my wrath
(Deuteronomy 32. 22)
He hated confrontations.
He lived on his own in a cave.
To avoid unnecessary problems, he built
altars in his small abode.
One for Mohammed, and one for Christ.
When a Muslim would visit, he would
the first altar
and pray with him in front of Mohammed.
When a Christian knight came along,
reveal him the other altar
and bow down before Christ.
Thus he made everyone happy.
And he was left to live in peace.
Life forces all of us to make many
A good number of us, willy-nilly, serve
and the evil one,
Jesus Christ and the world.
In church we listen subdued to the
but once we are outside the temple,
we follow our own ethics and our own
In the ‘Our Father’ we claim that we
willing to forgive those who trespass
but in real life, dare anyone try to
because hell erupts!
We argue convincingly that God provides,
but deep down we know
that if we don’t provide for ourselves,
God will not send down manna from heaven.
We say that God knows better than us
and then we plan our lives according
like using all means so as to avoid
in the first years of marriage.
We say that there is another life after
and we are frightened of death.
What is this charade?
Christians should be an argument in
We should reflect Christ.
Our hearts and minds should be synchronized
Our lives would resemble His.
And yet… and yet…
The first Christians had a saying that
whoever is close to Christ is close
Jesus himself said once, “Fire I came
bring on earth.”
And the prophet declared that “Yahweh
like a refiner’s fire.”
He is a fire!
A fire that burns whatever is not Him
whatever distances us from him:
sin, pride, avarice, sloth…
A fire that illumines our reality,
it shows us how often we deceive ourselves,
because sometimes we think we are doing
when really we are harming them.
This fire manifests how very often
our neurotic love for our husband or
chokes them and does not allow them
This fire shows us how mistaken are
and how we are afraid to risk
when Christianity has risk embedded
Above all, Jesus Christ is a fire that
He is the only fire that can warm our
and thaw our rigidity.
Come Lord Jesus!
We need you!
"See now that I myself am He!
There is no god besides me.
I put to death and I bring to
I have wounded and I will heal,
and no one can deliver out of my hand.”
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