A pastor was standing at the Church doorway, shaking hands with the parishioners as they filed out. The pastor spotted a man who, prior to that Sunday morning, hadn’t seen the inside of a Church in ten years. He pulled the man aside and said, “Glad to see you again. Are you ready for service in the Army of the Lord?” The man looked all around, then whispered in the pastor’s ear, “I’m in the Secret Service.”
In the matter of serving in the “Army of the Lord,” Jesus’ words in today’s Gospel Lesson seem to identify many of us with the Secret Service.
“I have come to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were blazing already,” Jesus says to His disciples. Jesus came to light up the world with the fire of God’s Love. And we who have enlisted for service in the “Army of the Lord” have been commissioned to carry the torch. Each of us is…
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