Posted by: livingscripture | November 20, 2015

33rd Friday in 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)

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 There is a great need of purification in this passage to restore things to their just meaning!  “Perhaps it is a den of thieves in your eyes, this temple that takes its name from me.  I too, see all this…Word of the Lord” (Jeremiah 7: 11).  Jeremiah had already passionately striven for unity between worship and a just life before God:  he had already struggled so that the faith would not be politicized!  Jesus returns to this word of the prophet and indicates who and what really destroys the temple:  those who make it a den of thieves, because a temple that has become a den of thieves no longer has God’s protection.  Jesus – God with us – gives us the true meaning of temple and the unveiling of the true temple and of true worship.

The rejection of Jesus and His crucifixion are the end of the old temple.  The new temple is His body and His blood!  He Himself is the new temple of humanity!  Then, let us enter this Temple and meet Him, in prayer and find the true meaning of life…the need to return to what is essential!

In my pause for silent contemplation, I will gladly enter into Jesus, the new Temple and there offer my prayers of worship and thanksgiving.

Lord, help me to not be afraid to ‘waste time’ with You.  Staying with You helps me to put order in my life.

 The Voice of Charles de Foucauld

 

Let us love and practice daily solitary and secret prayer, the prayer that only the Father sees, in which we are absolutely alone with Him and no one knows that we are praying.  It is a colloquy between two, a delectable secret in which we open our heart in freedom, far from every eye, at the feet of the Father.

 

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