Reading 2 1 Cor 3:9c-11, 16-17
You are God’s building.
According to the grace of God given to me,
like a wise master builder I laid a foundation,
and another is building upon it.
But each one must be careful how he builds upon it,
for no one can lay a foundation other than the one that is there,
namely, Jesus Christ.
Do you not know that you are the temple of God,
and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
for the temple of God, which you are, is holy.
November 9, 2017
by Joe ZaborowskiThrough the years I always wondered why the Church would have a feast honoring a building. As I thought through the readings, I began to understand the need for both temporal and spiritual. The Basilica of St. John the Lateran represents the “living church” on earth. In today’s reading of Ezekiel, I imagine the temple foreshadowing the founding of the Church by Christ on earth. In Corinthian’s, Paul reminds me that I am God’s building and should strive to lead my life that way. In the Gospel Christ cleanses the temple. I need to keep in my mind that I need to cleanse my personal temple of all that drives me away from Christ.
I recently returned from a mini-pilgrimage a few weeks ago. Our small group stopped at the Holy Annunciation Monastery in Sugarloaf, Pennsylvania. It is run by a small but dedicated group of sisters, who are the only order of nuns that worship in the Eastern Catholic Rite. Nestled in the hill country, it brought the temporal and spiritual together. What was to be a simple one-hour visit turned into a four and a half hour visit. We were drawn into the beauty of their chapel coupled with their lives of prayer, work, contemplation and hospitality. There were Christian believers, non-Christian and non-practicing fellow pilgrims in our group. Everyone left with a calmness, a sense of serenity and felt drawn closer to God. This experience fit well into today’s reading. The sublime mixing of the heavenly with the earthly was surely present. A good reminder for me is to be aware of “finding God in all things” as I move forward about my daily life and not miss the many wonders, no matter how small, God has put in front of me.
Gospel Jn 2:13-22
If we have Christ present in our tabernacles in our churches, why is it that when people gather for Mass or a celebration that happens in a church, that the respect due to the Blessed Sacrament is ignored?Jesus drove people out of the temple area – I think this is one of the rare instances that Jesus gets angered and outwardly displays His anger.Some parishes use the narthex of the church to sell religious items, collect donations, etc. and the reason being that there is not other place to do so! Why not the parish hall or school? Maybe parishioners could take the initiative and make other suggestions to keep the sacred space sacred.Let’s leave the dress code for antoher time.
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.”
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.