Jesus drives out the people who are making money selling in the temple, saying, “My house shall be a house of prayer, but you have made it a den of thieves.”(Luke 19:45). In doing so, He removes the sinful activities that separate people from God and prevent them from growing in His love and sharing it with others. Then he stays there and teaches.
In the gospel according to Matthew, after Jesus drives out the money changers, he does things that amaze people like healing the blind and the lame. When the people cry out to Jesus with praise, the chief priests and scribes get angry and try to kill Him.
Today, our churches are our houses of prayer and our families are our domestic churches. What can we do to make our churches, especially our domestic churches, houses of prayer?
As Jesus removed the sinful activities and attitudes from the temple in His day, we must remove sinful activities and attitudes from our lives so that God and His love can move in. When God moves in, we feel like growing in our relationship with Him and with each other.
The Rosary is a powerful form of prayer in the families. Venerable Patrick Peyton said, "If families give Our Lady fifteen minutes a day by reciting the Rosary, I assure them that their home will become, by God’s grace, peaceful places.”
As we grow in our relationship with God and with each other, we will want to avoid activities that detract us from our spiritual journey and reach out to others in Christian love. We will want to share the gospel message and help those in need as Jesus did in the temple.
Let us pray together today that our families become domestic churches and happy homes!
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About Father Pinto Paul, C.S.C.
Father Pinto Paul C.S.C., ordained a priest in the Congregation of Holy Cross in 1999, worked with tribal populations in northeast India as a missionary for ten years. In 2010 he came to the US for further studies. While working as a campus minister at Stonehill College, he assisted pastors in local parishes, led seminars and workshops for teachers and students in the US and earned a master’s degree in Educational Administration from Boston College and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Lesley University, Cambridge. He is currently working as the International Director of the Boston-based Holy Cross Family Ministries with missions in 17 countries.