Third Sunday of Lent
Book of Exodus 20:1-7, Psalm 19:8-11,
First Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians 1:22-25, & John 2:13-25
Christ Driving the Money Changers out of the Temple by Cecco del Caravaggio, 1618.
Today’s Gospel narrative relates the familiar story of Jesus driving out the sellers and the money changers who were doing business in the temple area. He began to overturn the tables shouting, “Take these out of here, and stop making my Father’s house a marketplace.” Later, Jesus Himself will be driven from the temple by His enemies, who will then destroy the temple of His body. That was then and this is now. How should we recognize our “Fathers House” in our time?
The parish churches and chapels are the seat of God’s Eucharistic Presence. The visible “structure” is like a sign, a memorial of the presence of God in our midst. It is a place of prayer and worship.
Friends, this is not the only definition of what the House of God means. In his letter to the Corinthians, Saint Paul reminds us, “Surely you know that you are God’s temple and God’s Spirit lives in you! So if anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you yourselves are His temple.” (1Cor. 3:16-17) In other words, we are the temple of God—His own house is our house.
Earlier in the school year, I asked our first grade class members, “Where does God live?” Here are a few of their responses; “in the parish", "in the tabernacle", "in the whole world", "everywhere", and one student answered, "inside of me.” Perfect!
Sisters and brothers, we have an obligation to ask ourselves, “Where does God live?” It is a place of extraordinary beauty and forgiveness that warrants our reverence, gratitude, obedience, and everlasting faith in the promises of Jesus, our Blessed Lord.
Today, let us pray that the Coronavirus pandemic will be eliminated, and the churches become crowded with the faithful followers of Jesus throughout the world, so that we are one with Him in the Holy Eucharist.
Question of the Day: Do you believe that the physical building that is the Church is a sacramental image of Jesus through the Holy Eucharist?
Prayer: Father, give me a child’s heart. Make me reach out to my sisters and brothers with love and compassion. Amen.