Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time


Jer 38:4-6, 8-10
Heb 12:1-4
Lk 12:49-53


Going to Catholic school since kindergarten, I’ve been told quite a few times to, “Go forth, and set the world on fire.” Honestly, when I was younger, I thought that was kind of silly. Set the world on fire? What does that even mean? Well, that’s exactly what Jesus tells us He has come to do in this Sunday’s Gospel reading from Luke. The best way I’ve come to understand this call is to live out my faith so that others can see Jesus, the Light of the World, through me. I believe that others can see Jesus in me everyday when I show love simply in playing with my little cousins or smiling at strangers.
This past fall I went on the East LA immersion trip and encountered a community that embodies what it means to set the world on fire. We took a tour of Homeboy Industries, Father Greg Boyle’s gang rehabilitation center. Our tour guide, Inez, is a gang member who struggles with violence and addiction. Since she’s been sober, she's never missed one of her son’s football games. She's determined to be the best mother she can be now. Despite her challenges, she is trying to be the best version of herself for her son. Inez is setting the world on fire. 
The second reading from Hebrews encourages us to “persevere in running the race that lies before us.” We are all running the same race, living a life of faith. However, we all take different paths. As summer shortly will come to an end, we will all continue onto a different part of our faith journey. Whether we are entering a new semester at USD, going abroad, or maybe even starting a job, we are encouraged to “rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to us while keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus.” One of my greatest challenges is surrendering all of my worries and fears to God. However, we are called to persevere in trusting God and running the race. Wherever the race takes you, go and set the world on fire.
-Lindsay Fitzpatrick '18