November 20, 2020.
You have made it a den of thieves.
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke
Jesus entered the temple area and proceeded to drive out
those who were selling things, saying to them,
“It is written, My house shall be a house of prayer,
but you have made it a den of thieves.”
And every day he was teaching in the temple area.
The chief priests, the scribes, and the leaders of the people, meanwhile,
were seeking to put him to death,
but they could find no way to accomplish their purpose
because all the people were hanging on his words.
At the end of the Gospel, the Deacon, or the Priest, acclaims:
The Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.
The Church is sacred to the Lord. Jesus is usually calm and gentle. However, this time He got angry. There was too much deceit in the temple area. Where it shall be a place of prayer for all. It is not a marketplace but a place where we can regain and retain our relationship with God. No amount of money could ever buy a true relationship with God. As Christians, we must also be concerned if the temple of ourselves is made clean. Our body is the temple of God.
Each of us form the Church which is the body of Christ. Therefore, it is our duty to keep it sacred. To avoid sin and anything profane. Too often, we take ourselves for granted, forgetting who we are in Christ the Lord. We are made to be holy. Although we are sinners, God has given us the power to rise above it. He is our resurrection. If we die with Jesus that is, by choosing to die to our sins, we shall also rise with Him. If we repent, there shall be a new chance for us.
A new life awaits us. A new temple of God that is holy, clean and pleasing to Him. May we reflect on this. Amen. +
God bless us all.
Reflections by FMMargaret