Ordinary Time: August 10th
Commentary on the Readings for the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost:
"He began to cast out those who were selling and buying in (the temple). 'My house is a house of prayer,' but you have made it a den of thieves" (Gospel).
The tears of Jesus! The lashes of His righteous anger! Why does Jesus still weep? Why must He still "cast out?" Because amongst us there are those who desecrate what is consecrate–their baptized, Christened souls! even as Jerusalem, chosen by God, rejects His Christ.
Consider what happened to "idolaters," rejecting God; to materialists who lived merely "to eat and drink, and . . .play." War, disease, famine, depression were the penalty. "There fell in one day twenty-three thousand". Yet do not go through life with a fear complex. "God. . .will not permit you to be tempted beyond your strength".