Reflection on John 2:13-22 ~
Today’s Gospel reading reminds me that we are Jesus’s personal temples; His tabernacles. We must do our part to keep it free from vices and not allow disruptions to His influence. The holiness of our temples is not built overnight but takes a lifetime to become constructed. In our journey it is not always easy to recognize Christ who has been and is now actually present. The signs of this “knowing” include observing that we do not come first in thoughts, prayers, and that we do God’s will without hesitation.
The Merchants Chased from the Temple James Tissot Brooklyn Museum
John 2 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
Jesus Cleanses the Temple
13 The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables. 15 Making a whip of cords, he drove all of them out of the temple, both the sheep and the cattle. He also poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. 16 He told those who were selling the doves, “Take these things out of here! Stop making my Father’s house a marketplace!” 17 His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.” 18 The Jews then said to him, “What sign can you show us for doing this?” 19 Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” 20 The Jews then said, “This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and will you raise it up in three days?” 21 But he was speaking of the temple of his body. 22 After he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this; and they believed the scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.
Thank you for meditating on this Gospel reading and considering this reflection on John 2:13-22.