1 Maccabees 4:36-59; Ps We praise your glorious name, O mighty God; Luke 19:45-48
My house shall be a house of prayer.
We experience the result of the revolt in the time of Maccabees. The temple is rededicated and the lights are set ablaze and for 8 days a celebration ensues.
The people gathered to praise heaven.
Each time we fall on our knees or light a candle or set aside time to pray, to look upward we enter we keep the revolt alive.
The revolution isn't over but it begins a new and is sustained by me and you daily in our prayers and in our devotions.
The revolt of the Maccabees is continued in Christ as he cleanses the temple and continues in us as we cleanse the temples of our bodies and making our very life the place of encounter with the liberating presence of God who is in our midst.
Prayer does is not a sport we can take or leave but the very center of self realization. Prayer reminds us that we are not alone, that we are watched and loved. God's creative eternal love is always present to us anew.
This is how the temple gets cleanses simply by this understanding of God's presence and love daily in our walk.
Let us keep the revolt alive daily. Let the rededication of our temples occur regularly. Let th eloping gaze of our Father spur us on and thus true liberation begin anew.