“And he went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold therein, and them that bought; Saying unto them, It is written, My house is the house of prayer: but ye have made it a den of thieves.” (Luke 19: 45-46)
Jesus would not tolerate the adulterating of worship. He could not allow God’s holy temple to be about greed and material gain, about impure motives and lack of devotion to Spirit, Truth. A house of prayer was meant to be a place to commune with the Father, undistracted by material allurements and even the daily work of human experience.
Jesus’s temple was one that consciously honored God and in which the individual discovered more of his own relationship with the Father-Mother, Spirit, Soul, Love. This temple was not merely a material structure. Jesus also spoke of the temple as his body. So, isn’t he also making a firm and uncompromising demand that the body be released from a sense of material worship and focus, to its holy state, the very expression of God’s own pure nature?
Our whole being is a “house of prayer.” We worship with our lives and we should treat our lives, our bodies, our experiences, with that unsullied respect and devotion that honors God over matter; spiritual gain over material accumulation; an unlimited sense of Life rather than a finite one. Don’t let the thieves of matter rob you of that pure experience! Cast out the material sense of self and claim the splendor that can’t be lost, stolen, or bartered, but is always at hand to worship and to love and to live!
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