MY daily reflection and prayer: Sunday, 9 November 2014
Dear my friends,
Here is the Gospel for us today according to St. John 2:13-22.
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 had spoken.
This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to You Lord Jesus Christ.
The Gospel today proclaims Jesus’ dramatic cleansing of the temple. It is His prophetic sign of God’s action.
As we know it well, the temple is the dwelling place of God among His people. In the Old Testament we read God gives Moses instruction for worship and for making the Tabernacle, or tent of meeting. Later, it’s replaced by the temple.
In the New Testament, we read that it serves as a shadow of the heavenly sanctuary. It’s God’s Temple in heaven.
Jesus’ cleansing of the temple is also a prophetic sign of what He wants to do with each of us. It’s a symbol how Jesus wants to cleanse us of sin and makes us living temples of his Holy Spirit. St. Paul reminds us that we are the temple of God (1 Corinthians 6:19).
In Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist, we pray as expressed in Psalm 69, “Zeal for your house will consume me.” This burns our heart then Jesus cleanses it. As Jesus burned with zeal for God’s house so we want to experience it in our lives.
Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, enlighten our minds and purify our hearts that we may offer God fitting worship and enjoy His presence both now and forever. Burn our heart with zeal for Your presence. Help us to draw near to Your throne of mercy with gratitude and joy, now and forever. Amen.
Wisma Elika Bandungan
“abdi Dalem palawija”
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