Jeremiah 38:4-6,8-10; Psalm 40:2-4,18; Hebrews 12:1-4; Luke 12:49-53
On the fireplace mantle of a beautiful stone mansion, the following words are inscribed:
IF YOUR HEART IS COLD
MY FIRE CAN NOT WARM IT
How true! Fireplaces cannot warm our hearts, nor can a fast car or a fancy meal — a day at the beach or a year in Provence – a dream house, dream job – not even the freedom to dream the day away. Only the fire of the Living God — the fire of God’s Love can truly warm our hearts.
Elie Wiesel, a great humanitarian and distinguished author, makes a powerful statement on human growth in his book, “Souls on Fire.” In it, he suggests that when we die and go to meet our Maker, we’re not going to be asked why we didn’t become a great religious leader or why we didn’t find a cure for cancer. Instead, we will be asked, “Why didn’t you become you?” Why didn’t you accept the fire of God’s Love into your…