Disasters are either caused by nature or man. I scan the news online today and can state without exception that all the man-caused turmoils, disorders, chaos, and tragedies can be traced to the presence of man's ego. Ego blocks out humility, endangering the soul. Jesus is characterized by the total lack of ego. One cannot love perfectly nor experience peace as long as his ego lives. In today's Gospel reading at Mass from Luke 12, Jesus told his disciples that he had not come to establish peace, but rather division ~ division as a result of the existence of egos. Jesus got killed for that same reason. Since the existence of egos is a reality, we who follow the Lord can expect to face division and consequently bear many crosses. To make our journey easier, we must first get rid of our own egos.