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The disruptive side of the Gospel

Prayer
Contemporary Lectionary Prayers
Based Upon Cycle C Lectionary Gospels
Gospel Theme: The disruptive side of the Gospel

Gospel Note:
In this passage, Luke has apparently tied together pieces from different sources. Unifying them is the urgent and dire apocalyptic tone: the Gospel entails a judgment (the "fire upon the earth" in v. 49) and will bring disruption and division even to families. In short, the sayings point to a radically new reign of God in sharp discontinuity with Luke's own age (if not Jesus'), and offer a corrective to the tendency to make the Gospel a message of "all sweetness and light."
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