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Friday Thirty-Third Week Ordinary Time

Infant Jesus, you open wide the door of Heaven and you bid us to enter self-assuredly that we may adore you in spirit and truth. Help us to draw near to you with thanks and joy for your great compassion. May we always admire your word and give you acceptable praise and adoration. We make this prayer through Infant Jesus. Amen.
  WORD OF THE DAY ...
Psalms 119:145-146: With my whole heart I cry; answer me, O Lord. I will keep your statutes. I cry to you; save me, that I may observe your decrees.
  Today's Readings ... (November 18, 2011)
Friday of the Thirty-Third Week in Ordinary Time
First Reading: 1 Mc 4:36-37,52-59
Responsorial Psalm: 1 Chronicles 29:10bcd,11abc,11d-12a,12bcd
Gospel: Luke 19:45-48

  Meditation on Today's Gospel: (Luke 19:45-48)
Jesus wants to teach us his ways so that we may cultivate in holiness. The Lord both instructs and controls us in love to lead us from the mistake of our sinful ways to his truth and impartiality. Why did Jesus chase out the money changers from the temple at Jerusalem? Was Jesus upset with their materialism? This is the only event in the Gospels where we can see Jesus using physical power. Jesus went to Jerusalem; significantly he would meet definite death on the cross, but triumph as well for each one of us. His act of decision in the temple is destined to be a predictive sign and warning to the people that God takes our worship very critically. In this event we see Jesus' surprising and quick action in cleansing the temple of those who were using it to use the worshipers of God. The money changers took benefit of the poor and forced them to pay more than was right. Their theft of the poor was not only dishonoring to God but unfair toward their neighbor. In reason for his daring action Jesus quotes from the prophets Isaiah and Jeremiah. His act of judgment aspires to purify the worship of God's people and to regulate their erring ways. In spite of the objections of the religious leaders, no doubt because Jesus was appropriate their authority in the house of God, the people who listened to Jesus educating daily in the temple watched him with great awe and respect. How hungry are we for God's word?
Yesterday:

Memorial of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, religious

Tomorrow:

Friday of the Thirty-Third Week in Ordinary Time


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