Our God is a consuming fire. In the book of Exodus, we find detailed instructions about how the animal sacrifice was to be quartered and completely consumed by fire on the brazen alter. In today's Gospel, we are the sacrifice that must be completely consumed by fire. The brazen alter is now our hearts, and the consuming fire is the Holy Spirit. It is our old man, our old, sinful selves, that must be completely consumed. Is there a part of your old self that you're keeping from the consuming fire?