FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
19 NOVEMBER 2021
33rd Friday of Ordinary Time
Judas and his brothers said,
“Now that our enemies have been crushed,
let us go up to purify the sanctuary and rededicate it.”
(1 Maccabees 4: 36)
How shall I live this Word?
When we do actions that are not in keeping with the teachings of Jesus, we subsequently perceive in the depths of our hearts a strong desire to enter our depths, to purify them through prayer, with the firm awareness that it will not be our actions that will change us but the Lord. In fact the Lord says, “I will give you a new heart, I will put a new spirit within you, I will take away from you your stony heart and I will give you a heart of flesh.” (Ez 36:26). “Our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit” (1 Cor 6:19), therefore, it must be continually purified and this can happen only if we listen silently to Who dwells there and prays in us (Rom 8:26). The purification and rededication of our sanctuary, as the scripture says, is both the final act of battles against temptations and the starting point for future ones. But it is necessary to put Jesus’ teaching into practice, “Instead, when you pray, go into your room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret; and your Father, who sees in secret, will reward you.” (Mt 6: 6)
Lord, every day help me to find times to enter into myself and purify my heart.
The Voice of Anthony de Mello, ‘A Moment of Wisdom’
The Teacher said to a businessman, “Just as a fish dies on the dry land, so too will you die when you remain trapped in the world. The fish must return to the water…you must return to solitude.
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