A reflection based on the Mass readings for November 23, 2007 (1Mc 4:36-37, 52-59; Lk 19:45-48) by Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB.
Both readings today are about purifying the temple. St. Clement of Rome has a beautiful commentary where he reflects on how the whims of people should not decide our actions. When we are confused about what to do it is often because our focus is on pleasing people in order to avoid conflict. Also, when we are driven by envy or jealousy, our decisions are not right. Rather, we have to look straight into God’s eyes and say, “What do You want?” And as soon as we do that, it’s as if the clouds burst open and we see with great clarity what is the right way.
I think this is why the Fathers of the Church* are becoming so popular again today—they had such clarity, and they ploughed right through their struggles in order to do what is right. When we read the Fathers, we are on good ground.
*St. Clement of Rome is a Father of the Church.