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Luke 19:45-48

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Then Jesus entered the temple and began to drive out those who were selling things there; and he said, "It is written, 'My house shall be a house of prayer'; but you have made it a den of robbers." Every day he was teaching in the temple. The chief priests, the scribes, and the leaders of the people kept looking for a way to kill him; but they did not find anything they could do, for all the people were spellbound by what they heard.

Luke 19:45-48
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    • Temple-goers seem not to have noticed what the hucksters had done to the holy place, as they changed money and sold animals for sacrifice. They were offering a service, like the souvenir shops in Lourdes, the event managers of weddings, and the organisers of First Communion parties and outfits. Commerce tends to grow and grow when it finds a market, so the Temple, the place of prayer, degenerated into a sort of marketplace. Jesus needed to challenge the drift and reassert its holiness. Does it happen in my life, Lord? You desire to dwell in this temple that is my body, but first the pressure to survive, and then the appetite for more money, can so possess me that I find little space for you. Please make my soul a place of prayer.
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    • Sacred Space makes my poor heart a ‘house of prayer’. God is active there, transforming me, even though I notice the changes only later.
    • In praying Sacred Space, am I ever ‘spellbound’ by what I read?
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    • We never think of Jesus losing his temper, yet that is what he did when he entered the temple and saw it set up just like a market place. Anger is not a bad thing as some of us might believe; it is what we do with the anger that can cause pain and upset.
    • Lord help us to turn to you whenever we feel that we are out of control. In situations that upset and hurt us Lord help us to call upon you to be with us and help us do the right thing.
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    • The house I live in can be a house of prayer, a place where God feels welcome and at home. I say to God: ‘Make yourself at home: you’re always welcome!’
    • ‘The people were spellbound by what they heard.’ When I listen to the Word of God or read it for myself I need to do so as if I had never heard it before. It comes to me fresh, original, every day. It’s like bread just taken from the oven, ready to nourish me for the day.
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    • The minds of the people are opening as the minds of the officials are closing. They both reacted to the same words and actions. I think of my habitual reactions and ask Jesus to shape them.
    • Jesus calls me to the clarity with which he saw the world. I am made to give glory to God and to shed any way of living that is not worthy of the ‘temple’ that I am.