We made accommodations.
We made compromises.
We made mistakes.
Today’s readings invite us to be cleansed and to rededicate ourselves and our lives to God.
In the first reading (1 Maccabees 4:36-27,52-59), Judas Maccabees and his brothers rededicate the Temple in Jerusalem after it had been desecrated by enemies of God and their collaborators.
We too can be rededicated.
In the Gospel (Luke 19:45-48), our Lord cleanses the Temple after it had been encroached upon by convenience and commercialism.
We too can be cleansed.
No matter what we have done, no matter what bad choices or compromises we have made, we can be forgiven, cleansed, and rededicated by the grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, be merciful to me – a sinner.