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Temples of God

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Not so often we encounter Jesus’ anger in the Bible.

In today’s gospel, Saint John tells us that when people are “selling cattle and sheep and pigeons, and the money changers sitting at their counters,” Jesus is furious with what is happening in the Temple: “Making a whip out of some cord, he drove them all out of the Temple, cattle and sheep as well; scattered the money changers’ coins, knocked their tables over and said to the pigeon-sellers, ‘take all this out of here and stop turning my Father’s house into a market.” Jesus makes it clear that God’s house is a house of prayer and a place of worship (Lk 19:46). Jesus is angry because attention was shifted from the worship of God in the temple to mammon, the gods of money, an idolatry forbidden by the first Commandment.

The temple of God can be understood in three ways:

1. The physical place where people gather for worship.

2. Jesus as the temple of God.

3. Human body as the temple of the Holy Spirit.

Jesus is asking each one us today to take care of these temples. They are the dwelling places of the most high God. Have we treated our church with reverence? Is our church a sacred place of worship? Do we trust material things more than God? Do we treat our bodies with all forms of immorality? etc. We all need to answer these questions before God.

Lent is a good time for self-examination and efforts to clean up the temples of impurities.

Fr Do

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