When Jesus went to the Temple and found the courts filled with oxen, sheep, doves, and money changers, he drove them out, scattering their coins and tables, saying, “Do not make my Father’s house a marketplace”. (John 2:13-25)
Respect for a person extends to their home and possessions! The same applies to God and his house of prayer.
Lord Jesus, you were angry at the disregard others showed for your Father’s house. Grant me the grace to respect myself, my brothers and sisters and you, my Saviour, in my daily words and actions.
Prayer: Psalm 149
Sing a new song to the Lord,
his praise is the assembly of the faithful.
Let Israel rejoice in its Maker,
let Sion’s sons exult in their king.
Let them praise his name with dancing
and make music with timbrel and harp.
For the Lord takes delight in his people.
He crowns the poor with salvation.
Let the faithful rejoice in their glory,
shout for joy and take their rest.
Let the praise of God be on their lips
and a two-edged sword in their hand.
to deal out vengeance to the nations
and punishment on all the peoples;
to bind their kings in chains
and their nobles in fetters of iron;
to carry out the sentence pre-ordained:
this honour is for all his faithful.