33rd Week, Friday, Nov 20

Apocalypse 10:8-11 / Luke 19:45-48 

Eat the scroll: It tasted sweet but turned sour. 

The eating of the scroll symbolizes that John has assimilated its content. The content is sweet while he assimilates it, but turns sour in his stomach. John's reaction reveals a twofold fact about the Christian life. The revelation of the scroll contains the sweet promise of victory for the Christian.

But the price of the victory is a certain amount of pain and suffering. There is a basic principle of Christianity at work here. The Christian life contains the sweet promise of heaven, but the Christian must be prepared to pay the price of pain that the struggle for heaven will involve.


How willing are we to struggle and suffer in the present to attain eternal life in the future? "No Christian escapes a taste of wilderness on the way to the promised land." Evelyn Underhill 


Today the author of Revelation reflects, like Jeremiah and Ezekiel before him, on his prophetic role. The word of God is sweet-tasting to him, but contains a bitter message of warning he has to preach.


No matter how wonderful or awesome someone or something might be, after some time we will get used to it. Whether it is a new relationship or a new interest, after a while, the initial fervour will cool off. And then we begin to take it for granted and become rather casual with it. It can even happen to something sacred and holy. And that was the situation that Jesus was addressing in the gospel passage. 

The Temple, which was the house of God, which was also a profound sign of the presence of God among His people, was being taken for granted and even the religious authorities were rather casual with it. The Temple was not just a building but it was to be a house of prayer where God meets His people. But Jesus made this remark - "you have turned it into a robbers' den. We may not be so brazen as to turn God's house into robbers' den. But we may be complacent and take things for granted because we have gotten used to it and become casual in our relationship with God. 

Jesus reminds us that God's house is to be a house of prayer and worship. Our attitude in the house of God also reflects our relationship with God. May we not take that for granted and become too casual or used to it. 

Jesus drove out the merchants from the Temple and it might be a good time to ask ourselves: What has the Lord to drive out from us to make us better Christians? What stands in the way of being closer to him in the life of every day? What matters for us Christians is that we are attached to the Lord and close to the people he has entrusted to us. Then we can worship him with our whole life.

Let us Pray 

God our Father, we often turn our hearts into houses of pride and greed rather than into homes of love and goodness where you can feel at home. Destroy the temple of sin in us, drive away all evil from our hearts, and make us living stones of a community in which can live and reign your Son Jesus Christ, our Lord for ever and ever.