“O Jesus, strengthen our souls, open out the way for us, and, above all, intoxicate us with your Love. Make us into blazing fires to enkindle the earth with the heavenly fire you brought us” (St. Josemaría Escrivá, The Forge, page 31)

My notes: Fire in the Bible is both a analogy for the Love God has for us and a symbol of God’s presence, analogy examples: “For the LORD your God is a devouring fire, a jealous God.”  (Deuteronomy 4:24) and  “for our God is a consuming fire.” (Hebrews 12:29); presence examples: “And there appeared to them tongues as of fire, distributed and resting on each one of them.” (Acts 2:3), and “And the angel of the LORD appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush” (Exodus 3:2) also Exodus 13:21, 19:18.

Advertisements