Friday of the Sixth Week in Kingdomtide
The Good News is not reserved to every other chapter of the Gospels but this one! Greater than the disasters predicted, is the presence of the Lord to those who remain faithful to him. What comfort in this fact! Paul would later exult in Romans 8: 35: “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?” When you experience a resounding “NO ONE” in the depths of your being, then the peace of the Lord will well up from within.
Do not fail to catch the significance of the first verse of the reading. “Jesus departed from the Temple.” Never again would Jesus enter the physical temple. When he left it, so did the Holy Spirit. Evil rushes into the vacuum left when Jesus is not there. Adhere ever more closely to him. Remember: you are a living stone—part of the new temple.
Fridays are dedicated to the Gospels—this year, St. Matthew.