Sunday, November 9, 2014

Reflection: John 2:13-22

John 2:13-22 – 32nd Week of Ordinary Time

The scene that this Gospel opens with is Jesus arriving in Jerusalem. It was almost time for Passover and Jesus wanted to be in Jerusalem during Passover. When he arrived he immediately went to the Temple to worship. Expecting a quiet, prayerful atmosphere, when Jesus arrived there he found the temple filled with animals as well as the money changers.

Jesus was enraged! The temple was a holy and sacred place for worship and prayer. The money changers and merchants were defiling this temple. Jesus doesn’t hesitate. He scathingly tells them to stop making God’s house a place of commerce. He takes a whip and drives the scoundrels out of the temple!

Today may we ask ourselves: do we honor the sacredness of the Church where we worship? I know at times I simply take it for granted. Or I might treat it as just another building. At other times, I am awed by the beauty, the silence and the sacredness of our Church. However, this sacredness is magnified by the prayers of all the hundreds of sisters who faithfully prayed in this sacred space several times a day! The Church where you worship also is sacred. The next time you are in Church be attentive to and experience the sacredness of your holy place. May you carry this “sacredness” with you throughout your day and your week!

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