In a few days, God will come in the flesh and there will be no room for Him in the inn. The inn is a very loud and busy place. It’s filled with people who have places to go, things to do, presents to buy, food to cook– it’s full, of noise.
Will there be room for Jesus in us when He arrives, or will it be too loud and busy? In today’s Gospel reading (Luke 19:45-48), Jesus enters the temple area and begins driving the buyers and sellers out saying, “It is written, ‘My house is a house of prayer…” He drove people out. He used force. If there is to be space within us to receive Christ, then we need to imitate Him and drive things out too. What “things”?
Prophet Habakkuk, whom we remember today, speaks against idols, false gods, images (Habakkuk 2:18-19). What have you thought about or imagined today? During the endless conversation you’ve had with yourself, what images have filled your mind? Get rid of these false gods and make your heart and mind into a house of prayer. Then we’ll be able to receive Christ and proclaim, “the Lord is in his holy temple, let all the earth be silent before Him.” (Habakkuk 2:20)