Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Reflection: John 2:13-22

The Dedication of the Lateran Basilica, Feast - John 2:13-22

The opening scene of this passage is Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem. It was almost time for Passover and Jesus wanted to be in Jerusalem during that time. When he arrived, he immediately went to the temple to worship. Though Jesus was expecting a quiet, prayerful atmosphere, when he arrived 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 didn’t hesitate. He scathingly told them to stop making God’s house a place of commerce. He took 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, experience the sacredness of your holy place. May you carry this sacredness with you throughout your day and your week!


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