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Friday, November 20, 1998

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Revelation 10:8-11
Psalm 119:14, 24, 72, 103, 111, 131
Luke 19:45-48

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Jesus "entered the Temple and began ejecting..." —Luke 19:45

Invite Jesus to enter the temple of your body and "put your house in order" (Is 38:1). Our bodies are to be temples of the Spirit (1 Cor 6:19) and houses of prayer (Lk 19:46). "Tell me what agreement there is between the temple of God and idols. You are the temple of the living God" (2 Cor 6:16). "Therefore, 'Come out from among them and separate yourselves from them,' says the Lord; 'and touch nothing unclean' " (2 Cor 6:17). We are not to be dens of thieves (Lk 19:46) but edifices "of spirit, into a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ" (1 Pt 2:5).

Therefore, "do not yield to the desires that once shaped you in your ignorance. Rather, become holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct, after the likeness of the holy One Who called you; remember, Scripture says, 'Be holy, for I am holy' " (1 Pt 1:14-16). At the cross, Jesus has given us "a fountain to purify from sin and uncleanness" (Zec 13:1). Be pure as Jesus is pure (1 Jn 3:3).

Prayer:  Father, "wipe out my offense. Thoroughly wash me from my guilt and of my sin cleanse me" (Ps 51:3-4). "A clean heart create for me" (Ps 51:12).

Promise:  "You must prophesy again for many peoples and nations, languages and kings." —Rv 10:11

Praise:  Rita repented of adulterous conduct and returned to the Sacraments.

Reference:  (For related teaching, order our leaflet, Be Holy, For I Am Holy.)

Nihil Obstat:  Reverend Robert L. Hagedorn, April 4, 1998

Imprimatur:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, April 8, 1998