November 23, 2018
(St. Clement I, Pope and Martyr)
Jesus entered the temple area and proceeded to drive out
those who were selling things, saying to them,
“’It is written, My house shall be a house of prayer,
but you have made it a den of thieves.’” Lk_19:45-48
On the eve of the day the world, or at least our country has deemed to be the Holy Day of the sales world – for all those who worship mammon over the Lord – we find we’re living in the same world that Jesus was living in. And we just might wonder, “If they can lower those prices THAT much – you know they’re still not losing on the deal, so why are they gouging us for the rest of the year?” You see, it’s all about greed! And people are willing to go out and cut each other’s throats in order to save those few bucks on an item that was raised in price the day before or for the whole year before.
Jesus tells us that the treasure is not in the sale, but it is in the community, it’s in the love that’s shared. If there’s something we so desperately need, beloved, that we MUST go out into that mess, then make it a loving encounter, not a bitter, unsweet battle. Because it’s God we worship and not the world’s mammon!
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