Daily Bread

1 Mc 4:36-37, 52-59; Lk 19:45-48
Andrew Dung-Lac, priest, and companion, martyr

Jesus entered the temple area and proceeded to drive out those who were selling things.
What great readings for “Black Friday”! Judas Maccabeus reclaims and reconsecrates the Temple “on the anniversary of the day on which the Gentiles had defiled it,” celebrating an eight-day feast now known as Hanukkah. Jesus, too, storms the Temple, which had become a mall crazed with shoppers. “Black Friday,” with exactly that name, also grips Honduras, where I live. And “Thanksgiving Day” is not even celebrated here! Income inequality kills the poor, but for the stores the whole week, the whole month, is “Black Friday,” till they’ve squeezed every peso they can out of us. Thank God Advent is just around the corner!
O Lord, in your hand are power and might; it is yours alone to give grandeur and strength to all!