23 November 2018. Friday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time
Reflection (Friday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time
We all know that Jesus is a loving God who shows mercy and compassion for others. He taught us to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. He even said to love our enemies. In today’s Gospel, it is very unusual that we see Jesus get mad and drive out those who sell things at the temple. This temple He referred as the house of His Father.
When I was 8, I used to buy a lot of food and I hid them from my parents. One time I chewed gum even though my mother banned me from having it. Before I entered our house I placed the already chewed gum inside my pocket and hid it. My mother didn’t notice that I had food with me. But when I was in my room and tried to get some coins in my pocket, my hands were stuck because of the gum. I forgot that I hid it in my pocket.
Today’s Gospel reminds me of that experience. In the Gospel we saw Jesus get angry because of the people who sell in the house of our Lord. They turned it to a den of thieves. Jesus got mad out of love for His Father. We saw the intensity of Jesus’s love for His Father. We are all being asked, “do we also get mad when we see actions against God?” When we see things or actions against the law of God, are we bothered somehow? The heart is where God’s true home resides within us. Our hearts are the temple of the Father in us. Are we aware of the things that we put in our hearts? Sometimes we put a lot of bad things inside our hearts that we make it like a den of robbers rather than a house of prayer. Like a chewed gum inside my pocket, sometimes we get stuck because these are things that are inside of our hearts that shouldn’t be there. Sometimes selfishness and envy are the things that are in our hearts. Our lives get stuck with it and God cannot enter our hearts. The Gospel is reminding us that we are not thieves, we are children of God. We must act and drive out selfishness in our hearts and God will replace it with His love.
The Gospel Today
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.