As Jesus cleanses the temple and since our bodies are Temples of the Holy Spirit, ought we to cleanse this temple from all that prevents a deeper relationship with God. What is it that prevents positive change and spiritual renewal in my life? May our lives reflect the presence of God’s spirit within us.
We recall two episodes in the life of Jesus where he wept; at the death of his friend, Lazarus and today as he weeps over Jerusalem knowing that he and the Father who sent him will be rejected. May our way of life never be a cause for Jesus to weep over us.
St. Rose Philippine Duchesne –
Do we ever consider that how we see God largely determines how we respond to God? If we see God as someone who, in the words of St. James, “gives to all generously and ungrudgingly,” then we are free to give our gifts, to take risks and to act in faith. We are bold to go forth into the world to dare and to risk and to live for God knowing that we are totally dependent upon God.
St. Elizabeth of Hungary –
You and I cannot see Jesus with our physical eyes as did Zacchaeus. But we can cultivate an awareness of his presence. We can open our minds to his truth, and we can make room in our hearts for his love. And out of that spiritual friendship can come the transforming experience which Jesus called Salvation.
St. Margaret of Scotland –
O Lord, as you gave sight to the faithful blind man, give us the vision of faith enabling us to see you in every person and behold you in every moment of our lives. Do not let us stumble in the darkness of hurt and despair and cynicism. Illuminate our way so that we may walk in joyful optimism and grateful hope. In turn, may we reflect for others your compassion in our midst.
Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time –
We are not Christians because of what we believe. We are not Christians because of where we go to church. We are Christians because of, and only because of whom we follow and serve; namely Jesus Christ whose name we bear, and we demonstrate that by our acting in trust with what we have received.
You can be sure that the early Christians were sustained by Jesus’ parable on praying always and never losing heart. It takes perseverance in prayer but also action on the one who is doing the praying. There is a definite link between prayer and action. What is our prayer life like? Many times, God invites us to assist him in getting the prayer answered.
St. Frances Xavier Cabrini –
We need to get on with feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, giving drink to the thirsty, visit the sick and imprisoned. This is what the kingdom is all about. When Christ comes again let Him find us living His life as His followers and we won’t have to worry about going home to gather our belongings. We must live so that when He comes, He will find us doing His will.
St. Josaphat –
Take time today to recall those friends of God and prophets who have enriched your faith. What has Lady Wisdom taught you through them? And how have you passed on her gifts of goodness and holiness, tranquility and generosity, discernment and love for life? Recognize, too, your own place in the unending line of teachers who affect eternity.
St. Martin of Tours –
Does our daily living reflect to the world that we are grateful people? Does the Eucharist, this prayer of thanksgiving come alive through us each day? Does gratitude permeate our lives? Are we thankful only when we compare, or are there times when we are just plain thankful?