Jesus cleanses the temple in Jerusalem (3rd Sunday Lent 2012)

"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..."

Gospel meditation: “What a mess Jesus made! He spilled coins, overturned tables, and even destroyed the most important institution in all of Israel–the temple as God’s dwelling place. He declared that God’s presence among people was no longer a building, but ‘the temple of his body”. This “temple of his body” would be destroyed by enemies, but then raised up to a new life dwelling among us–and within us who are now the Body of Christ” ~ Living Liturgy, Third Sunday of Lent – 2012.

“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 [Gk: pantas; πάντας] 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.

While he was in Jerusalem for the feast of Passover, many began to believe in his name when they saw the signs he was doing.

But Jesus would not trust himself to them because he knew them all, and did not need anyone to testify about human nature. He himself understood it well.” ~ St. John (John 2:13-25)

VIDEO – Jesus of Nazareth cleanses the Temple in Jerusalem 

“Brothers and sisters: Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those who are called, Jews and Greeks alike, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength” ~ St. Paul (1 Cor.1:22-25)

Responsorial Psalm

R. (John 6:68c) Lord, you have the words of everlasting life.
The law of the LORD is perfect,
refreshing the soul;
The decree of the LORD is trustworthy,
giving wisdom to the simple.
R. Lord, you have the words of everlasting life.
The precepts of the LORD are right,
rejoicing the heart;
the command of the LORD is clear,
enlightening the eye.
R. Lord, you have the words of everlasting life.
The fear of the LORD is pure,
enduring forever;
the ordinances of the LORD are true,
all of them just.
R. Lord, you have the words of everlasting life.
They are more precious than gold,
than a heap of purest gold;
sweeter also than syrup
or honey from the comb.
R. Lord, you have the words of everlasting life. (Ps. 19:8, 9, 10, 11)

"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..."

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