Intention: That all people will work together tirelessly to bring peace and safety to those whose lives are being torn by crime and violence.
Today’s Gospel | 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.
Meditation on the Dedication of Churches | Saint John Baptist de La Salle
Consider that what ought to encourage us to have deep sentiments of respect and devotion in these holy places is the thought that this is where God is pleased to give us grace with very special generosity, goodness, and mercy. This is where the Father of mercies welcomes with open arms the prodigal, where the Good Shepherd brings back to the fold the strayed sheep, where the afflicted find comfort, and where the sick are healed, the weak are strengthened, and the tempted are given new power over their enemies. Finally, this is where God listens favorably to the prayers we offer and is pleased to fill with graces those who have recourse to his goodness.
Eternal Father, your Son lived as a cleanser of temples and souls. There are times when we allow the sacred space within us to be crowded with the chaos of sinfulness. We pray that you clear away everything in our hearts and our lives all that keeps us from you. May we make of ourselves temples that are open to your presence, carrying you in our hearts as vessels of your love and truth. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.