A Temple of Prayer

22 February 2019. Memorial of Saint Cecilia

Reflection (Sem. Justin G. Gatus)

Every time I enter a church for the first time, I see to it that I would always get the chance to pray and ask the Lord for a special grace. Afterwards, I would look around and appreciate the whole structure of the church with all of its glory, grandeur, and majesty. After leaving that church, I always have that high feeling of being blessed by God. I remember the many times that I was caught in awe while having a pilgrimage. The church’s arts, images of saints, paintings, and structures always bring me to prayer and admiration. But it is good to ask myself, how do I sustain and share the graces and the blessedness that I receive every time I visit churches?

The Gospel invites me to check on my disposition after going to church to pray. This brings me to a deeper reflection on three actions on prayer. To kneel, to feel, and to deal. To kneel down and thank the Lord for His tremendous love and also to help me in my anxieties, troubles, and worries in life. This first movement sometimes is the trickiest since our lives offer us many things to do instead of kneeling and thanking the Lord even for the simplest grace that we are receiving daily. It is good to ask myself, do I let my activities become “thieves” and steal my precious time with God? Second is to feel God’s loving presence, concern, and guidance in my everyday life. After thanking Him for the graces, His constancy and providence despite my ungratefulness and self-reliance are living proofs of His presence in my life. And the third is to deal with life with faith and trust in God’s loving mercy. By these three movements, the Gospel invites me to always become a worthy temple of prayer. A temple where God dwells. As I continue to be formed to become a pastor in the future, I should learn and strive to become a temple of God through my words, thoughts, and deeds.

The Gospel Today

Luke 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.

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