Posted by: livingscripture | November 18, 2011

Thirty Third Friday of Ordinary Time

 

From the Word of the Day 

“Jesus entered the temple area and proceeded to drive out those who were selling things, saying to them, ‘My house shall be a house of prayer, but you have made it a den of thieves’.”

                                   Luke 19: 45- 46                                                                                            

How should we live this Word 

Jesus enters the temple and drives out the dealers.  Differing from Luke, Mark recounts the same episode, pausing to describe the violence Jesus used in this moment.  He had overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of the dove vendors.  (Cf Mark 11: 16)  We may sometimes meet those who think they can interpret this passage as a legitimization of the use of violence in certain situations!  But it is evident that Jesus was not a prey to anger.  It would be strange in one who defined Himself as ‘meek and humble of heart.’  Jesus is simply accomplishing a prophetic gesture that announces a proximate event.  It is the symbol of the destruction of the ancient temple.   

Jesus’ entrance is symbolic of the construction of the new temple.  The evil that corrupted the old temple was the association of God and mammon, an evil that was never completely exorcised.  Jesus had said that we cannot serve both God and mammon.  They are two opposite realities.  God is gratuity.  Mammon is personal profit.  God is gift.  Mammon is egotistic possessiveness.

Once the vendors are ousted, there remain in the temple only Jesus and His teaching.  The Word and the Body of Christ are the construction of the new spiritual temple.  Jesus enters into the temple that we are.  He enters into the heart of each of us and wants us to be His house of prayer.

 

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will visualize Jesus entering into my heart.  I will ask Him to cleanse it of every unworthy sentiment and to fill it with His presence.

 

Lord, grant that I may have the same sentiments that You have. 

The voice of Pseudo Macario, Desert Father

 

If you seek God in the heavens, He is found there in the thoughts of the angels.  If you seek Him on the earth, He is found even here, in the human heart.

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