Holy Family

Holy Family

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Feast of the Dedication of the Basilica of Saint John Lateran

Good morning. In today’s Gospel we read of Jesus becoming quite impassioned over the merchants and money changers setting-up shop about the temple. He becomes enraged over the people using the House of God to profiteer. This was upsetting for Our Lord because the enterprise of the merchants and money changers took away from the purpose of the temple, a place where people come to visit with and talk with God. I’m reminded of times when I’ve been in church and tourist or others have disrupted my time with God, it can be quite unsettling. Thinking about this scene in the Gospel for today it reminds me of a billboard along my path to work which draws travelers’ attention to a place designated for prayer and communion with God, yet there is no mention of God. Anyways, as I got to thinking further about this scripture this morning it reminded me of how important communication is in our relationship with God, and likewise as married couples with one another. It caused me to think about how we sometimes allow things to disrupt our communion with our spouse, how we allow other things, other concerns to get in the way of taking time to be with our partner. We all could benefit from making a point of being more deliberate in our efforts to be present to each other in our marriage; we should all make a point of setting aside time to be with each other free of the distractions of our work, our families, and the other demands of our lives. Like our prayer time with God, there needs to be a place and time where we as a couple can be one with each other. Make a great day!

Today we celebrate the Dedication of the Basilica of Saint John Lateran.

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