Matthew 21 comes with a warning I cannot get out of my head y’all…”And so I tell you,” added Jesus, “the Kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce the proper fruits.” Our faith is a gift and if we do not appreciate it and use it for it’s intended purpose, it can be taken away from us. Or rather we can lose it through apathy, neglect or sin.
POWERful Bible Journaling: Matthew 21
P –Thank You Lord. Thank You for this gift of faith, the ability to worship You freely, the priests that serve my family, Your holy Sacraments of grace, Your Son’s death on a cross, Your mercy, forgiveness and patience.
O –This is an emotional chapter. Our Lord enters on a donkey, even though He seems to have walked everywhere else. He not only enters riding, but the people are cheering for Him and throwing their cloaks down for him! And then he goes into the temple, which the people had turned into a den of thieves. He flips over tables and chases the money-changers out. Then He heals people, curses a fig tree with no fruit and teaches in parables again. It’s a roller coaster of emotions from joy and compassion to anger and scorn.
W —vs 13…And he saith to them: It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but you have made it a den of thieves.
E –I’ve considered verse 13 from two standpoints. The first, my body is a Temple of the Holy Spirit. Is my body a house of prayer…or a den of thieves? What do I steal? Time? Talent? And who do I steal from? My God? Myself? My family?
The second, is my physical home a house of prayer…or a den of thieves? Am I living an excellent life, teaching my children and encouraging my husband on towards the Kingdom of Heaven?
R –Lord, I want my home to be a house of prayer. I want my family to know Your presence in our home. I want our friends and visitors to recognize You as the King of our home and family.*
*Have you heard about the Enthronement of the Sacred Heart of Jesus?
The center of devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is the Enthronement of the image of the Sacred Heart in the home. By the Enthronement of the Sacred Heart, we link the tabernacle of our parish church to our home, inviting our Lord to be our constant and most intimate companion. The Enthronement is a way of life. It means that Christ is King of our hearts, and we desire Him to be present with us always. In other words, by the Enthronement we signify our desire to make our hearts and our homes holy, to sanctify our lives in every aspect.
–Archbishop Raymond L. Burke
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