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Friday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time

Reading 1 RV 10:8-11
I, John, heard a voice from heaven speak to me.
Then the voice spoke to me and said:
“Go, take the scroll that lies open in the hand of the angel
who is standing on the sea and on the land.”
So I went up to the angel and told him to give me the small scroll.
He said to me, “Take and swallow it.
It will turn your stomach sour,
but in your mouth it will taste as sweet as honey.”
I took the small scroll from the angel’s hand and swallowed it.
In my mouth it was like sweet honey,
but when I had eaten it, my stomach turned sour.
Then someone said to me, “You must prophesy again
about many peoples, nations, tongues, and kings.”

Gospel LK 19:45-48
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.”
And every day he was teaching in the temple area.
The chief priests, the scribes, and the leaders of the people, meanwhile,
were seeking to put him to death,
but they could find no way to accomplish their purpose
because all the people were hanging on his words.

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Today's text shows the tenacity of Jesus. He stood up against those who were making a mockery of the Temple by turning it into a marketplace. This is another step that displeases the Jewish who continue to look for a way to put Him to death. But Jesus does not shrink away. Instead, He returns to the temple daily and continues to teach. He knows that is the will of His Father and so He does not turn away.

Can we say the same thing about ourselves? Do we stand for what is right even in the face of opposition? Do we focus on God's will in our daily lives or are we distracted by the worldly marketplace?

Lord, help me to always seek Your path for me. Give me the grace to be Your witness in all that I say and do. Amen.