In our Gospel text from Luke this week, Jesus said he came to “start a fire on this earth” to “change everything.” He wasn’t trying to make things “nice.” He said he came to “disrupt and confront” the status quo. Family divisions were to be expected. The way it is presented sounds quite harsh.
But Jesus is not just about comfortable or convenient things. Jesus came by the power of God to do great and disruptive things to bring us all together as one family.