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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

November 23, A.D. 2007

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

1 Maccabees 4:36-37, 52-59
1 Chronicles 29:10bcd, 11abc, 11d-12a, 12bcd
Luke 19:45-48

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Today's readings speak explicitly about the holiness of the Temple.

Normally we think of God's house as an edifice constructed to embody some semblance of His grandeur.

Many people will agree that churches are, in fact, some of the most marvelous examples of architectural splendor. Rightfully so, because they are able to lift our hearts to God and transport us from the reality of now, to the promise of forever. A great Church and its accompanying art and appointments can make even the most stoic person gasp at the enormity, immensity and beauty of it all.

All of this is to the good, but what about the temple of our bodies? Aren't they as magnificent? Aren't they a sanctuary for the indwelling transcendent God?

If, as in today's Gospel, Jesus was angered because of the defilement of a man-made dwelling place for the Almighty, how searing must His anger be for the defilement of the human body, an "ark of the covenant," a resting place for He who had no place to lay down His head to rest?

Let us think about this for a few moments, and take heed.

- Donna Nelson, OCDS |
email: drn3rd(at)hughes(dot)net

Friday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time

St. Clement I, pope and martyr

St. Columban, abbot

Blessed Miguel Agustin Pro, priest and martyr

Lives of the saints:

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