Friday, November 23, 2007
"My house shall be a house of prayer"
Today's Gospel has Jesus driving the sellers of the temple area saying to them, "It is written, My house shall be a house of prayer, but you have made it a den of thieves."
My house shall be a house of prayer; my heart will be a heart of prayer. What does that mean? I think it means being aware of the presence of God. God is the essence of prayer. In the presence of God we are awed, reverent, hushed, and humble.
God really does make his home in us. It is a great mystery, but he is nearer to us than we are to ourselves! He desires us to acknowledge his presence within us. We are his temple!
The Communion Antiphon speaks to me: O Lord, how great is the depth of the kindness which you have shown to those who love you."
Today, we celebrate three saints: St. Clement of Rome, St. Columban, and Blessed Miguel Agustin Pro. The first died around the end of the first century and was the third Pope; Columban died in 615; Father Pro in 1927. The first and third were martyrs; Columban left Ireland and became a great missionary; he founded monasteries in Europe. He said, "Since we are travelers and pilgims in the world, let us ever ponder on the end of the road, that is our life, for the end of the roadway is our home." (Quoted in Living with Christ.)