A reading according to the holy Gospel according to Luke 19:45-48
Jesus entered the temple area and proceeded to drive out those who were selling things, saying to them, "It is written, My house shall be a house of prayer, but you have made it a den of thieves." And every day he was teaching in the temple area. The chief priests, the scribes, and the leaders of the people, meanwhile, were seeking to put him to death, but they could find no way to accomplish their purpose because all the people were hanging on his words.
REFLECTION: "It is written, My house shall be a house of prayer, but you have made it a den of thieves."
My father rarely got angry. One time, however, I pressed the limits of his patience and tolerance. I was surprised at his reaction to what I had said and done. He made his point and I straightened up.
Jesus has been portrayed as always praying, always forgiving and always loving. But today He was zealous for His Father's house. He was righteously angry at what the money changers were doing--they were cheating inside the Temple. Evil had entered and permeated this sacred space where God was worshipped, praised and thanked.
We are Temples of the Holy Spirit. And with this in mind, we are taught to avoid desecrating our bodies and soul. Are we immoral, dishonest, unethical, or irreverant? May we always remember that we are to keep our churches holy and to be reverent in God's presence. We are to take care of our bodies.
Time to leave behind the bad behavior and attitude and seek God's pleasure and love.
December 6-8th is our PAPA Conference!! Make plans to attend and enjoy fellowship, share stories and find the zeal for praying for our Priests.