GOSPEL LIVING

Friday November 09,2018

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1 Cor. 3: 9-11, 16-17   Psalm 45   Jn 2: 13- 22

13 When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 In the temple courts he found people selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money. 15 So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple courts, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. 16 To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! Stop turning my Father’s house into a market!” 17 His disciples remembered that it is written: “Zeal for your house will consume me.”[a]18 The Jews then responded to him, “What sign can you show us to prove your authority to do all this?” 19 Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.” 20 They replied, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and you are going to raise it in three days?” 21 But the temple he had spoken of was his body. 22 After he was raised from the dead, his disciples recalled what he had said. Then they believed the scripture and the words that Jesus had spoken.
Meditation: Zeal for your house will consume me. Destroy this temple in three days I will raise it up. The center of the passage includes the above sentences which speak in nutshell the message of the gospel verse. Jesus cleanses the temple out of his love for God, the father. Soon he says that he is the temple that will rise up in three days. In the sight of Jesus people have people have forgotten the importance of worship in the temple. Here the Jews or the chosen people have gone far away from true worship. They have become blind by mere sacrifice and other backstage practices. Exchange and selling get front seat in the temple which is supposed to be the sacred place of thanksgiving to the almighty father. Jesus could not but react to these atrocities by the people and the authorities. Jesus has come to clean things up especially the sinful ways of the people. It is good that he begins his mission from this most important event. In fact temple event sums up the whole mission of Jesus. Another standing out element is that this incident depicts that he will not tolerate any misdoings in his father’s house. His action also tells that he and fathers are one. By considering himself the temple he asserts that he is the temple. By now he is aware of who he is and what he will accomplish. Before the eyes of mortals what Jesus says is impossibility. This is the of Jesus’ life. He is both human and divine at one and the same time. In fact we can draw more insights from this passage and a very important happening of Jesus’ life. In conclusion we may say that filled with zeal for God Jesus acts and reveals his mission. We also must have the same zeal to act and reveal our mission. We have to clean our life we must consider ourselves as temples of God we must believe in resurrection. Thus we may be able to live with courage and strength the life of a true disciple of Christ. 
Bro. Anoop