Today’s first reading gives us a detailed description of the purification and rededication of the temple in Jerusalem, its celebration, and the implementation of the new feast of Hannukah. The praise of this ritual is echoed in today’s canticle from the first book of Chronicles (not a psalm!), where the grandeur and power of God assist the people in their victory and is praised and glorified.
Our gospel also ties Jesus to the temple, purifying it by throwing out the sellers of merchandise and advocating for the worship and teaching that is the hallmark of this or any sacred space.
While Jesus is concentrating on the physical temple, we focus on the spiritual and emotional temple that we are as members of the body of Christ. What is the “busyness” and “selling” of our lives that put us in conflict with the spiritual temple we are trying to build? We may have a hurried marketplace in our lives, and the frenzy may lead to anger and a realization that we can’t do it all. What are we supposed to do? Schedule less?
Enjoy the contemplation of what we are being shaken into with Christ wrestling us. The secular holidays are approaching, which may cause some uneasiness and distraction from the true message of the seasons. Spend some time in God’s temple today to rededicate and reorient life toward Christ’s. The focus of our prayer, if possible, in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament, will keep us from selling out!
Let Us Pray:
Lord Christ, you call us into a life of holiness and peace with you. Help us see the areas in our life that need to be freed from business and drawn to your love and concern. May we be a temple of your goodness and rest always in your prayers and teachings. To the glory of God!
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