“What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson
Growing up in the countryside, we used firewood for cooking, in earthen ovens, on raised platforms. Each morning, we cleared the ashes from the day before. No matter how big the pile of ashes, we always found embers under them to rekindle a new fire.
Jesus says today that he has come to set the world on fire. What fire did Jesus set in each of us? If he did set a fire, is that fire blazing within us or trapped under the ashes? The Lord is reminding us to uncover and rekindle that fire in us as my family did with our kitchen embers; to clean off the ashes regularly, to prevent the embers from dying-out, and to rekindle that fire within.
About Father Jilson Tom, C.S.C.
Father Jilson Tom, C.S.C. is from the Northeast India Province of Holy Cross. A native of Kerala, Father Jilson has been serving in a parish and school ministry since his ordination twelve years ago. He joins the Family Rosary team as an Assistant, while he works to study Pastoral Counseling in the Boston area. With a personal devotion to Mother Mary, Father Jilson is thrilled to be working to enhance family prayer through the Rosary. And if you ever need a listening ear or want to play a board game, Father Jilson’s your guy!