The Word on Cleaning the Temple.

Friday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 501
Reading 1 Rv 10:8-11
I, John, heard a voice from heaven speak to me.

Then the voice spoke to me and said:

“Go, take the scroll that lies open in the hand of the angel

who is standing on the sea and on the land.”

So I went up to the angel and told him to give me the small scroll.

He said to me, “Take and swallow it.

It will turn your stomach sour,

but in your mouth it will taste as sweet as honey.”

I took the small scroll from the angel’s hand and swallowed it.

In my mouth it was like sweet honey,

but when I had eaten it, my stomach turned sour.

Then someone said to me, “You must prophesy again

about many peoples, nations, tongues, and kings.”

Responsorial Psalm Ps 119:14, 24, 72, 103, 111, 131
R. (103a) How sweet to my taste is your promise!

In the way of your decrees I rejoice,

as much as in all riches.

R. How sweet to my taste is your promise!

Yes, your decrees are my delight;

they are my counselors.

R. How sweet to my taste is your promise!

The law of your mouth is to me more precious

than thousands of gold and silver pieces.

R. How sweet to my taste is your promise!

How sweet to my palate are your promises,

sweeter than honey to my mouth!

R. How sweet to my taste is your promise!

Your decrees are my inheritance forever;

the joy of my heart they are.

R. How sweet to my taste is your promise!

I gasp with open mouth

in my yearning for your commands.

R. How sweet to my taste is your promise!

Alleluia Jn 10:27
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

My sheep hear my voice, says the Lord;

I know them, and they follow me.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Lk 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 

Jesus “entered the temple and began ejecting the traders saying: ‘Scripture has it, “My house is meant for a house of prayer” but you have made it “a den of thieves.” ‘ He was teaching in the temple area from day to day.” –Luke 19:45-47
Jesus ejected the traders from the temple not only by turning over their tables but also by proclaiming a prophecy from Jeremiah and by teaching every day. The Holy Spirit uses the prophetic word like a “two-edged sword” to judge and purify the reflections and thoughts of our hearts (see Heb 4:12). “If an unbeliever or an uninitiate enters while all are uttering prophecy, he will be taken to task by all and called to account by all, and the secret of his heart will be laid bare” (1 Cor 14:24-25). Jesus makes the Church “holy, purifying her in the bath of water by the power of the word” (Eph 5:26). Jesus said to His apostles: “You are clean already, thanks to the word I have spoken to you” (Jn 15:3).
This book, One Bread, One Body, is one means by which Jesus continues to cleanse the temple, His Church. Consequently, read and pray daily the readings for Mass. Use One Bread, One Body as the Lord leads you. Encourage others to do the same. Let the Church be clean, pure, and holy.
PRAYER: Father, make me pure as Jesus is pure (1 Jn 3:3).

PROMISE: “You must prophesy again for many peoples and nations, languages and kings.” –Rv 10:11

PRAISE: At the age of 71, St. Rose began a school for Native Americans.

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