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This is the Time for Clean-Up: Friday 33rd Week Ordinary Time



Breakfast With the Word Friday 33rd Week Ordinary Time Year B


Luke 19:45-48



Clean-up literally is the act of keeping our environment tidy and clean. When we do a clean-up, we become neat and sparkling. It is also the act of restoring order and sanity or making a place neater in appearance.



In the seminary, this is known as an inspection. We conduct this almost every Saturday of the week. During this exercise, the students wash the hostels, remove cobwebs and decorate their beds with white bedsheets. Some will even spray perfume in the hostels to make it smell good and look awesome. Every person will make sure not to keep anything that will make them not to be among the best.



In today’s gospel, Jesus takes this clean-up exercise to the temple to wipe out anything that debars the people from worshipping God.




A Little Understanding



In today’s gospel, as Jesus enters into the temple, He sees the people busy buying and selling. He drives them out and says that the house of God shall be a house of prayer but now they turn it into a den of bandits.


The gist here is that during every great feast, people from different cultures and countries throng the city of Jerusalem. Some of them see this as an opportunity to buy and sell and exchange foreign currencies.



Sometimes the Jewish leaders and the merchants use this opportunity to deceive visitors to purchase sacrificial animals in exchange for high currencies. Sometimes it goes twenty times more expensive than the normal price.


The major problem is that these merchants operate in the area where the gentiles could come and pray known as the outer court of the temple. But they turn it into a market place and a dishonest one indeed, thereby preventing others who truly come to pray. Then, comes Jesus who sees that this is not right and hence, drives them out.


Start the Clean-up


When Jesus sees that something is preventing the people from worshipping God, he has to begin a clean-up to make the house of God remain what it is.



Beloved it is also time to clean up anything that stands between us and God. What is truly drawing us away from God? Who is the person making you keep wounding the heart of Jesus? What is that thing that makes us weak in prayer? This is a time to tidy up and do a thorough clean-up.


This is the time for clean up.

As we decorate the outside, let us also remember that our inside needs be cleaned up. It is time to allow God to take a proper place in our lives. It id time to confess our sins and amend our lives. This the time to clean up our mess, and invite Jesus to take total control of our lives. It is time for clean up.




Secondly, What is still keeping you worrying and bitter about your life? Sometimes when you remember the past, you become depressed and sad.



Is there any person that wronged you and you find it hard to forgive? Remember this is making you not to be free and receive God’s grace. The best is to do a thorough clean-up and become free again.


This is the time to clean up the spirit of unforgiveness, bitterness, envy, jealousy, family disintegration, hatred, wickedness, desire for immorality, weakness in prayer etc.


We need to clean

We need to clean our lives again. It is time to wipe out whatever that is drawing us away from God, keeping us away from the Holy Communion, making you sad and distressed etc.



It is time to clean up whatever that is bringing problems and disunity in your family. We have to wipe out the debris in our relationships, places of work, families, etc.


It is time to keep our lives away from being polluted again.



Finally, Like Jesus, let us not close our eyes and allow things to go wrong. Always be the one to correct and make things right.


We have wandered so much in the dirt. Many families have wandered in disunity and hatred for twenty years or more. Some are still in enmity. We have been away from God for many years.


It is time to come back and do a thorough clean-up. Whatever that is preventing us from a true relationship with God needs total clean-up. It is time.


May God help us to be always clean. May our house be a house of communion with Him and may He continue to bless you. Amen.


You may read


When we reject God

To get a Reward

Because of the Crowd

Fifteen Points to Consider about What God has given to You

Reasons to Pray and Not Lose Heart


  1. Rosemary Umeze says

    Amen. Thank you Father

    1. Stella Ekwemalor says

      Amen, thank you Father

      1. Elizabeth kiio says

        AMEN thanks father

    2. Uchechukwu Egbo says

      Amen πŸ™

  2. Onyekonwu Ngozi says

    Amennnoooo! Abba Father help us, let your Holy Spirit in inspire us to do away with anything that keep us away from worshipping you through Jesus Christ our Lord Amen. Thank you Jesus!

  3. Mulerwa Rosemary says


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  6. Helen says

    Amen! Thank you Padre πŸ™

  7. Chinyere says

    Lord help us keep our hearts pure. Amen

    1. Carmela U. Ekwem says

      Amen! & Amen! May God grant us the grace to serve & worship him sincerely with a heart devoid of sins & impurities. May we always be clean in our hearts as we come before God in Prayers, Amen!

  8. Ekwem Emmanuela Chiamaka says


  9. Mbama Christiana says

    Amen and Amen. Thank you Padre. Lord come into my life and make it clean. Amen

  10. Dr Nicholas Onyia A. says

    My lord and my God, please give us the grace to always be clean both physically and spiritually, in Jesus name, amen. Thank you for your awesome unction and inspirations for daily breakfast with your word from our spiritual director, Fr Sanctus. And may you always reign my life lord Jesus, amen.

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    1. Nnenna Omaha says

      God please help me to do a thorough clean up in my live. Give me the grace to forgive and let go of every one that wronged me in Jesus name Amen.

      1. Amalu Gloria says

        Amen and Amen, may almighty God help us to clean all our souls in order to be a true child of God in Jesus name Amen.

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  17. Mbama Christiana says

    Amen and Amen. I pray for sufficient grace always.

  18. Margaret Awum says

    Amen πŸ™

  19. Nwatu Nneka P says


    1. Cornelia Anyiam says

      Amen. Good morning Fr.

  20. Mailoushi James says

    Amen, remain blessed Fr. Good morning

  21. Ijeoma Ugorji says

    May God’s mighty hands sanctify us amen.

  22. Ndukwe Amanda says

    Amen Fr

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  23. Kizito Maruti HOV 10 says

    I have been challenged by this insightful reflection especially the question of what it is that makes us weak in prayer. I need to clean up my act so that my prayer may rise like incense and penetrate the Divine throne.

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  26. Onyekonwu Ngozi says

    Amen! Thank you Jesus for reminding me of how important it is for me to amend my life again and embrace purity in life through Jesus Christ our Lord Amen.

  27. Chioma Evangeline says

    Amen. Thank you Lord.

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  29. Christian says

    Amen Thank you father for ur love.

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  33. David Sunday Edore says

    Amen, I pray for the grace of God upon me to enable me to clean up the areas am finding difficult. Amen.

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  36. Amadi Deborah says

    Amen πŸ™

  37. Juliet says

    God help me to clean my life . Amen

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  43. Oby Okpalaeke says

    Amen πŸ™

  44. Umeze Rosemary says


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  49. Maryrose says

    amen. may God help us

  50. Ahamefula Chinwe Stellamaris says

    Thank you dear Lord for your word this morning, make me clean to receive your blessings πŸ™

  51. Dodoh Peter Anthony says

    Lord forgive and cleanse me a sinner. Amen πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™

  52. Edwiner Anthony says

    Please πŸ™πŸ™, commit me in prayers for healing from LIVER AND HEPATITIS

  53. Blessing Ugwuanyi says


  54. Ogechi Oscar says

    Amen,clean me O Lord so I can be worthy to do your will Amen.

  55. Angela Ekere says


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    1. Eririogu Fidelia says

      Amen.Thanks father

  57. Blessing says

    Amen πŸ™
    please someone should help me with the Psalms am out of data and I really need the Psalms thanks

  58. Okeke Juliet Nneka says

    Amen πŸ™. May God give me the grace to clean up the weakness in prayer in my life through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Amen πŸ™.

  59. Jane chuks says

    Amen πŸ™Œ may God help to reject sin and always be in a state of grace. Amen πŸ™Œ

  60. Vivian Elochukwu says

    Amen ooooooo

  61. Theomaris says

    Amen πŸ™

  62. Onah Lilian says

    AmπŸ™en! God bless Fr Sanctus

  63. Gloria says

    Amen…dear God send me the Holy spirit to help me and strengthen me in my prayer life.

  64. Ozoro Christiana says

    Amen πŸ™

  65. Doris Emmanuel Ogban says

    clean me up and make me right with You AMEN πŸ™

  66. Bibiana Uche Unachukwu and family says

    Amen. God hear the prayers of Fr Santus Okey and grant us all our hearts desire.

  67. Ugwu Josephine Nnenna. says

    Amen. God bless you Padre.

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  69. Asukwo Eunice says

    Thank you Fr

  70. Ify obinwa says

    Amen n Amen. Thank you padre

  71. Okeke Juliet Nneka says

    Amen πŸ™.

  72. Michael Uzoechiena says

    Amen Padre and God bless and strengthen you.

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