Journey into Freedom Day 38

Jesus turning the moneylenders from the Temple by El Greco.

Preparation: Begin by stilling, then dedicating the time of prayer to God and asking God that all you think, feel and imagine are for the glory of God.

Gift: I ask that I may know Jesus more intimately, love him more dearly and follow him more closely.

Setting: This conflictual passage from the Gospel of Luke allows you to see things from the point of view of Jesus, his disciples, a member of the crowd, a Temple seller, or one of the chief priest, scribes, or leaders of the people. All will have a different take on what is happening.

Luke 19:45-48 HCSB

Jesus went into the Temple complex and began to throw out those who were selling, and He said,

“It is written, My house will be a house of prayer, but you have made it a den of thieves!”

Every day He was teaching in the Temple complex. The chief priests, the scribes, and the leaders of the people were looking for a way to destroy Him, but they could not find a way to do it, because all the people were captivated by what they heard.

Jesus turning the moneylenders from the Temple by El Greco.

Follow the meditation on Scripture with a conversation with God and a Final Prayer.

A Thought for Today: Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfils the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things. -Winston Churchill

Desolation —Spiritual Exercises 317

I call desolation a darkness of the soul, turmoil of spirit, inclination to what is low and earthly. In desolation there is a restlessness rising from many disturbances and temptations which lead to a lack of faith, lack of hope, and lack of love. In desolation the person is lazy, tepid, sad and feels separated from their creator and Lord.

318 In times of desolation we should never make any change to our way of life, but remain firm and constant in the resolutions and decisions which formerly brought us consolation. Wait for consolations to return before making changes. The ups and downs of consolations and desolations are natural and not to be feared.