Friday, November 23, 2007

House of Prayer

And entering into the temple, he began to cast out them that sold therein, and them that bought. Saying to them: It is written: My house is the house of prayer. But you have made it a den of thieves. And he was teaching daily in the temple. And the chief priests and the scribes and the rulers of the people sought to destroy him: And they found not what to do to him: for all the people were very attentive to hear him
Luke 19:45-48 (Douay-Rheims Bible)

Prayer

Dear Father I've often wondered and realized that when we don't like what we hear from our Pastors about money and why they are asking for more and more. That this reading seems to come to mind, how your house is a house of prayer. Even though it is a building to hold we the people who make up the Church, funds are needed to keep the place in repair. It's not easy for the ministers of Your Church, they were taught to be shrewd businessmen in order to run a Parish. It is when their concerns are mainly that of the building and not of the body that Jesus speaks of. We are all like that too, our homes and the buildings we live in we make sure are in perfect shape. But we overlook the body that lives within it. Are we nurturing the faith and keeping the body in shape or are we setting it aside for external repairs and goings on. The house of prayer that we are is often neglected within ourselves in our own homes. In our Churches we come together to build the house of prayer within, filling ourselves with the food that nurtures our souls as well as the Word to keep us strong. May we keep ourselves open to the nourishment of the Mass and use the Sacraments that build a stronger foundation of the house of prayer. Amen

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