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 has spoken.
Drove them all out of the temple area. Today’s feast celebrates the dedication of the Basilica of St. John on the Lateran in Rome. The basilica is the cathedral or seat of the Pope as bishop of Rome. The universal celebration of its dedication signifies the Catholics’ love for and union with the See of St. Peter.
The Gospel describes Jesus cleansing the Temple of Jerusalem. True to the spiritual meaning of the Temple as God’s abode, the house of his Father, Jesus shows indignation (v 17 calls it “zeal”) towards those who have transformed it into a “marketplace.” The people who have done this seem not to realize it.
Moreover, Jesus declares that the Temple of Jerusalem will be destroyed and replaced by his risen body. The locus of the divine presence, the new meeting place with God, will not be made of stone but will be Christ’s body.
How do we behave inside our churches?
Do we see them as holy places, privileged
venues for encounter with God?
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