reparation and atonement
Minutes on Fridays
Friday 28 May: Friday
of eighth week in ordinary time
Gospel of the Day: Mark
If appropriate, light a candle.
Reflecting on the Gospel
Read the whole Gospel if time permits. If not, you might like to focus
on the following sentence:
‘Does not scripture say:
My house will be called a house of prayer for all peoples?
But you have turned it into a robber’s den.’
Repeat the phrase ‘My house will be
called a house of prayer for all peoples.
Allow the phrase to build up images or words in your mind.
How do you find your heart responding to the phrase?
Now repeat the second phrase: ‘But you have turned it into a robber’s
What images or words come to mind?
How does your heart respond to the phrase?
Are you tempted to use another word instead of ‘robber’s’?
What word is it – and why do you think it comes to mind?
Read the Gospel – focusing on the part that takes place
in the Temple.
What words or phrases strike you?
If you were to draw Jesus – or describe how he looked – what might he
Is this your usual image of Jesus?
What do you think Jesus might say or do if he came to a church
where there had been abuse of children, young people or adults?
Where would his anger be directed?
Jesus, your anger flares when those
who seek you are exploited –
where human greed distorts and destroys.
Teach us to share your anger in ways that bring forth justice and
help us discern what needs to be overturned
in order that your church will be a haven of prayer and consolation
for all peoples.
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