My house shall be a house of prayer, but you have made it a den of thieves.
Years ago, I was the business office administrator of a multi-specialty clinic. Under my supervision was a young woman, a devout Baptist who had recently married. She and her new husband led the young adult group at their church. She proclaimed the gospel at work and, by all appearances, lived it. For about 3-4 months, I would close out the books and give the receivable totals to my manager. Repeatedly, the totals showed more on the books than what was in the bank. I think you know where I am going with this. The young woman who appeared to be sugar and spice was really naughty and not so nice. She was using the clinic’s money to tithe to her church. The good news is that although she was terminated, her husband and faith community stood by her, and she received counseling.
The house of prayer that Jesus is talking about is not a building with a steeple on top and a crucifix between two candles. It is the word and heart of Jesus, and he wants us to hang onto his word, come to him in our need, and live the gospel beyond the church doors.
Rule of Life number 4 of the Congregation and Associates of the Blessed Sacrament states: Sharing in this gift of himself to us, we place ourselves at the service of the kingdom, fulfilling the words of the apostle: It is no longer I that live but Christ who lives in me.
As we close this liturgical year and prepare for Advent, we must ask ourselves, how is Christ living in me? Do I take the word of God and live it?
Let Us Pray:
Alleluia, Alleluia. My sheep hear my voice, says the Lord; I know them, and they follow me. (Gospel acclamation)
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