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November 9, 2016 (Wednesday)

The Dedication of the Lateran Basilica
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Ez 47:1-2, 8-9, 12 • Ps 46

1 Cor 3:9c-11, 16-17

Jn 2:13-22

 

CLEANSING OF THE TEMPLE

13Since the Passover of the Jews was near, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14He found in the temple area those who sold oxen, sheep, and doves, as well as the money-changers seated there. 15He 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, 16and to those who sold doves he said, “Take these out of here, and stop making my Father’s house a marketplace.” 17His disciples recalled the words of scripture, Zeal for your house will consume me. 18At this the Jews answered and said to him, “What sign can you show us for doing this?” 19Jesus answered and said to them, “Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up.” 20The Jews said, “This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and you will raise it up in three days?” 21But he was speaking about the temple of his body. 22Therefore, 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.

ZEAL FOR YOUR HOUSE WILL CONSUME ME.

The disciples apply these words (Ps 69:10) to Jesus when he cleanses the Temple. In John, when Jesus arrives at Jerusalem and sees how the Temple has been turned into a marketplace, he drives the merchants out, overturning their tables. This demonstrates his protest against the irreligious use or wanton disrespect of the holy place.

Business is brisk in Jerusalem when the Jews celebrate the Passover feast for one week. Many Jews go to the Holy City to fulfill their obligations and celebrate their religious traditions. Different kinds of animals are used for the holocausts and sacrifices. The pagan coins, brought from the diaspora by Jewish and Gentile pilgrims, need to be exchanged for the Jewish shekel, the only currency acceptable for temple offering and tax.

When we come to church, let us check on our motives. We go there to pray or offer God our praise and thanksgiving, not to make money or do business with others (like networking). We Christians must preserve the dignity of our places of worship. Our parish offices must avoid transactions that have nothing to do with the Church.

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