Some words from today’s Gospel: ‘I came to cast fire upon the earth; and would that it were already kindled! I have a baptism to be baptised with; and how I am constrained until it is accomplished!’

What is this baptism with which Jesus is to be baptised? It is, of course, the baptism of His death and resurrection, His Passover. This is the fire which redeems, cleanses, gives new life.

May this fire, the fire of the love of God, be kindled afresh in us this day, and may God bless you.