“I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing!” – Luke 12:49


First Reading | Romans 6:19-23


Paul reminds us again that the choice is ours. We must always choose the path of righteousness.

This requires persistence on our part, for even though the devil has been defeated by Jesus, he has not

given up and still hopes to lure people away from a righteous life to a sinful one.

Let us pray for the grace to be soldiers for Christ.


19 Brothers and sisters: I am speaking in human terms because of the weakness of your nature.

For just as you presented the parts of your bodies as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness for

lawlessness, so now present them as slaves to righteousness for sanctification.

20 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free from righteousness.

21 But what profit did you get then from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those

things is death.

22 But now that you have been freed from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit that you have

led to sanctification, and its end is eternal life.

23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.


Responsorial Psalm | Psalm 1:1-2, 3, 4, 6


R: Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.


1 Blessed the man who follows not the counsel of the wicked nor walks in the way of sinners, nor sits in the company of the insolent, 2 but delights in the law of the Lord and meditates on his law day and night. (R)

3 He is like a tree planted near running water, that yields its fruit in due season, and whose leaves never fade. Whatever he does, prospers. (R)

4 Not so the wicked, not so; they are like chaff which the wind drives away. 6 For the Lord watches over the way of the just, but the way of the wicked vanishes. (R)




Jesus knows that the Father has given Him the task of saving humanity from sin. Jesus longs to complete His assigned task out of loving obedience to the Father.

This is the source of Jesus’ cry in today’s Gospel.

We should also cry in the depths of our hearts like Jesus did—cry out to God for all humanity’s salvation.


Gospel Acclamation


I consider all things so much rubbish that I may gain Christ and be found in him.


Luke 12:49-53


49 Jesus said to his disciples: “I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing!

50 There is a baptism with which I must be baptized, and how great is my anguish until it is accomplished!

51 Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division.

52 From now on a household of five will be divided, three against two and two against three;

53 a father will be divided against his son and a son against his father, a mother against her daughter and a daughter against her mother, a mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.”