Posted by: livingscripture | November 9, 2015

32nd Monday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“Take these out of here, and stop making my Father’s house a marketplace.”     

(John: 7: 10)

How should we live this Wordcampanile1-klein - 2

 This Word is a strong condemnation of a mentality and way of acting that provokes Jesus’ indignation.  Even though it is located in a time and in the society in which Jesus lived on earth, it is still timely.  What Jesus abhors is the equivocation, the placing of money with its noise and worldly efficiency on the same plane as that which is holy.  What is even worse, using what is sacred to amass things and money, without ever being content.

When the Temple was built at the cost of sacrifice, the Israelites frequented it to express their faith to the living God.  Thus, it was a place of prayer, of worship, and nothing else.  As the relationship between Israel and God deteriorated due to the growth of material well-being, interests tied to money and the banalities of life took the upper hand.

In effect, this is the history of all times and all peoples.  Not only are religious practices overlooked, but Religion is used to make human interests prosper.  It is not by chance that we are able to appreciate the courage of Pope Francis who has openly denounced this evil within the Church.

In my pause for silent contemplation, I will reflect that the Church is a House of Prayer and not a market.  It is the holy temple of God for those who seek Him.  It is also beautiful to recall that each of us is His temple, made in the image and likeness of God.  This is our dignity as it is for every man and woman who lives on this earth.

Thank You Lord, that by Your grace, I am Your temple.  Never allow avidity to possess money and things to prevail in my life.  May my life always respect the priority of times and spaces for prayer to live a life worthy of You.  Grant that economic interests may have second place in my life, in the right measure and in the right way.

 The Voice of George Bernanos, French Author

 The Good God did not write that we should be the honey of the earth, my son, but the salt.  Salt is alive on the skin; it burns.  But it also prevents it from decaying.

 

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