Quotations:

I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

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Saturday, March 7, 2015

Reflection for Sunday March 8, Third Sunday of Lent; John 2:13-25

Gospel: John 2:13-25
Since the Passover of the Jews was near, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. He found in the temple area those who sold oxen, sheep, and doves, as well as the money changers seated there. He made a whip out of cords and drove them all out of the temple area, with the sheep and oxen, and spilled the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables, and to those who sold doves he said, “Take these out of here, and stop making my Father’s house a marketplace. His disciples recalled the words of Scripture, Zeal for your house will consume me. At this the Jews answered and said to him, “What sign can you show us for doing this? Jesus answered and said to them, “Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up. The Jews said “This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and you will raise it up in three days?” But he was speaking about the temple of his body. Therefore, when he was raised from the dead his disciples remembered that he had said this and they came to believe the Scripture and the word Jesus had spoken.

While he was in Jerusalem for the feast of Passover, many began to believe in his name when they saw the signs he was doing. But Jesus would not trust himself to them because he knew them all, and did not need anyone to testify about human nature. He himself understood it well.
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Reflection:
What made Jesus lose His temper? What drove Him to angrily overturn the tables of the money changers and the others who were doing business in the temple area? Is it out of the character of Jesus to get angry because He was supposed to be gentle and kindhearted?  

The temple area was not anymore being used according to its real purpose. It was OK to have business there for that area was intended to be used as such. But there was fraudulent business that was going there. The animals that was to be offered to the temple was overpriced and there was many more deceit and cheating in the conduct of their business.  

Therefore Jesus had no other choice but to create order and in the process He got angry. Anger that was justified for it reminded the people that the temple area should be free from anything that is fraudulent. And anything that is against the will of God. The temple area and the temple itself must always be free from any form of desecration for it is the house of God.

This is a good reminder for all of us when we go to church to worship God. We should go there only to worship God and not do anything that would defile the temple of God. The defilement or desecration that we do is not limited to physical defilement. We also defile the church when we think of anything that is not good and ungodly while we are in the church.

How about if we are already not in the church or not anymore within the area of the church? Is it now justified to think of sinister things against our fellowmen, anyway we are now way outside of the church?

 It’s still not OK! For we are the church our human bodies are the visible individual representation of the church. Therefore we must at all times be free from any form of deceit or anything that would make us unworthy before the eyes of Jesus. - Marino J. Dasmarinas

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