Gospel today: Luke 19:45-48
"And He entered the temple and began to drive out those who sold, saying to them; "It is written, "My house shall be a house of prayer" but you have made it a den of thieves", and He was teaching daily in the temple. The chief priests and the scribes and the principal men of the people sought to destroy Him, but they did not find anything they could do, for all the people hung upon His words"
The gospel today is a very tender gospel. Tender? It strikes close to a place that is very near to us, and very private; the place in our heart where we "close the door" and speak to our Father in secret. When we pray and commune with our heavenly Father (as His adopted children) each one of us, speaks to Him differently and we need to grow to become more and more comfortable in our relationship with our Father in heaven...learning to be ourselves with Him and keeping His company right within our own heart. This passage draws us into the mystery of being His Temple-a temple of the Holy Spirit, where He dwells. As we read this passage slowly, what strikes me is what the Lord does when "he enters the temple", He begins to drive out those who are selling things; (business is going on, rather than prayer; being with Him, listening to Him and being taught by Him, and loving Him and allowing His love "in"). It can be, we have all of this going on inside our temple too. This bartering with God, "if you do this Lord, then I will do this"... payments we offer - goods we ask in return. But this is not what the temple of our heart is meant to be and the Lord upsets the whole place and cleanses it, that is the image I love. The image of Him entering my soul, and, loving me enough to "cleanse my temple", to shake it up and drive out all of this "worldly petty business". Jesus says very clearly, that the temple is meant to be a house of prayer, a place where I share with Him and He shares with me and loves me and teaches me, that's what He wants the temple of my soul to be. He wants us to "hang-to hold onto every word He says, to live by His Word is to live in Him. What a beautiful point to ponder today. When I was as young sister, Mother taught us this very small aspiration, and I love it very much and I can still hear her voice pray it: "Jesus in my heart, I believe in your tender love for me, I love you Jesus" (Mother Teresa)
"Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at His disposal and listening to His voice in the depths of our hearts" (Mother Teresa)