Reflection for Friday, November 20, 2015: 33rd week in Ordinary Time.

dc.contributor.authorZuegner, Carolen_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorZuegner, Mary C.en_US Ien_US Timeen_US 33en_US
dc.description.abstract"My house is a house of prayer, but you have made it a den of thieves."|In the gospel, Jesus is speaking of the temple, but it could be my house. Is my home a house of prayer? There certainly are thieves that I let in that take me down a very different road from one of prayer. I too often offer a litany of excuses instead of a litany of prayer. I'm too busy, too tired, too frustrated, too angry, too bored, too everything to pray. But all of those times are exactly when I should stop. Take a deep breath. And pray. I can say thanks for a life that is busy and fulfilled. I can ask for help when I become overwhelmed with work and commitments. I can ask God to help me deal with my frustration and to defuse my anger. I can take a minute to pray for someone else when I am feeling bored or restless. I can reach out to someone who needs an ear or a friendly hello.|I let those thieves of frustration, anger and irritation into my house of prayer. I am stealing from myself. I can also drive the thieves out. I can listen to Jesus' words and respond to him. I can be mindful of my heart and mind. I can be more like St. Cecilia, whose feast we celebrate today. A martyr of Rome, she was said to have had a song to the Lord in her heart when she married. She's the patroness of music and musicians. Music, too, can be a prayer to fill my house with joy. My prayer today is to make my house a house of prayer, to make my litany of excuses into a litany of thankfulness and gratitude. This reflection was first written by Carol Zuegner for this day in 2013.en_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary Number: 501en_US
dc.program.unitJournalism, Media and Computingen_US
dc.program.unitJournalism, Media and Computingen_US
dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.rightsThese reflections may not be sold or used commercially without permission. Personal or parish use is permitted.en_US
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.subject.local11 Maccabees 4:36-37, 52-59en_US
dc.subject.local21 Chronicles 29:10bcd, 11abc, 11d-12a, 12bcden_US
dc.subject.local4Luke 19:45-48en_US
dc.titleReflection for Friday, November 20, 2015: 33rd week in Ordinary Time.en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US
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