November 23 – Friday
Friday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time
Gospel: LK 19:45-48
We can feel the growing tension, as Jesus forcefully challenges the way things were done in the holiest place of Judaism. It is so easy to lose sight of the real value of religious actions and rituals, ending up sometimes in shameful compromises.
The gospels often draw a stark contrast between the attitude of the chief priests, the scribes and leaders, and that of the common people.
Why did Jesus drive out the money changers in the temple at Jerusalem?
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.
Prayer: (all together)
Dear Jesus, I ask for a simple heart, open to novelty and able to wonder. Help me to draw near to you with gratitude and joy for your great mercy. Amen