Is Jesus is an arson,
setting fire to the earth,
refining the soul’s gold
until it is purified?
At the first Pentecost
the disciples experienced
wind and fire,
a winnowing and a purgation.
“I have come to set the earth on fire,
and how I wish it were already blazing!”*
Fire extinguishers are useless here
before the living flame of God’s love.