Friday's Thought of the Day
“Then 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 teachers of the people, meanwhile, were seeking a way to put Him to death, but they could find no way to accomplish their purpose because all of the people were hanging on His words.”
Was Jesus talking to each of us? Do we defile His house of prayer? When we sin against Him or our brothers and sisters we certainly are. Jesus was admonishing the “thieves” and casting judgment on them just as we are subject to judgment today. Do we listen today to His judgment or do we continue to defile His house? Jesus’ admonishment is meant to bring us to a great level of purity, holiness and reverence; it is not intended to bring us down, but to lift us up. His act of judgment in the temple is meant to be a prophetic sign and warning to the people that God takes our worship very seriously; do we? In justification for His audacious action Jesus quotes from the prophets Isaiah (56:7) and Jeremiah (7:11). His act of judgment aims to purify the worship of God's people and to discipline their erring ways. When Jesus went into Jerusalem, He knew He was sealing His fate, but He did it with a willing heart. His Father, our Father, sent His Son to gain victory over death and sin. The Jewish leaders were intimidated by the teachings of Jesus because they felt threatened, they felt their way of life was going to change. The Jewish people’s thirst for more than the leaders were giving them was quenched by His Words. His Words were the True Words and the Way and the Light. Because of this, He became the Sacrificial Lamb. Through His blood we are sanctified and purified. My dear brothers and sisters, we are told in Hebrews 12:10, “God disciplines us for our good that we may share in His holiness.” Do you worship God with reverence and gratitude for His mercy and do you submit to His word with faith and obedience? I pray you sit at the Master’s feet and absorb all He has to give. "Lord, you open wide the door of your house and you bid us to enter confidently that we may worship you in spirit and truth. Help me to draw near to you with gratitude and joy for your great mercy. May I always reverence your word and give you acceptable praise and worship."
LORD God, where You are is Holy Ground and You are in me, therefore let me always be mindful of Your presence with the utmost reverence. As I receive Your Son in the Holy Eucharist, let my body be a worthy temple. I pray the Holy Spirit give me wisdom and strength to remain in the Light of salvation. Triune God, be my all. AMEN