First Reading: Revelation 10:8-11
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 119
Gospel: 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. (Lk 19:45-48)
In today's gospel we read about Jesus going to cleanse the temple of the wickedness which was taking place there. Today's gospel teaches us about the importance of reverence for God and what belongs to Him. It is important that we take God and all that belongs to Him serious, and work to keep these things sacred at all times. This not only applies for God's house, but for all of His children as well. How many times do we sit on the couch and watch TV versus going for a walk? Or how many times do we help ourselves to that extra slice of cake versus telling our body "no" ? As it says in 1 Corinthians 6:19 "Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit ..." It is important for us to keep sacred all that belongs to God, including ourselves!
Today, let us ask our Blessed Mother for her prayers and intercession so that we may keep sacred what is God's and be drawn in even closer to her son, Jesus.
Hail Mary full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.