Daily Mass Readings Reflection: November 9, 2017
The Dedication of the Lateran Basilica
“Do you not know that you are a temple of God?” 1 Cor 3: 16
“Zeal for you house will consume Me.” John 2: 17
St Paul tells the Corinthians
that they are temples of God and that the Spirit dwells within them.
Knowledge of that privilege and grace should give us pause. Poor self image cannot stand alongside this truth. And healing comes when we accept these words coming from God’s Heart- that we are beloved enough to have Him desire to come dwell in us.
This corresponds to our gospel today. Jesus finds the temple full of the idols -noisy moneychanging. It is animalistic- oxen, sheep and doves. Bargaining and cheating hearts seek to fill the pockets of the self indulgent. Clinking coins fill the tables where peaceful stillness once was.
Is this how Jesus is finding my temple? The temple of my soul and my body?
What noisy voices of the world have taken over in my head? What idols are being exchanged within this temple?
I’m not good, I can’t do it, I have lost all my hope. You should worry and grasp what you need now. Don’t wait for the Lord to provide, because you must do it yourself. Press in on others and demand what you want. Lack mercy, lack patience, lack love.
Am I reduced to what is less than human? Less than my dignity deserves?
Sin coins are filling the places where I had peace.
Noisy, clinking sounds disturb my prayer.
But Jesus loves me too much. He sees the state that I’m in. He’s coming into this temple! He fashions a cord out of bands of His love. Zeal for this house, this temple that I am, consumes Him. And He’s ready to cleanse me.
Overturning the tables in me He comes with His power and His grace. He is ridding me of excessive noise. The idols I filled the temple of my house, have been whipped away by His love. What remains is a place where prayer can begin again.
Lord, you are consumed with zeal for me, and I believe in the intensity of that love. You will not let your temple be filled with all that distracts and destroys it. Come with your whip of cords and cleanse this temple. Let it be for you a house of worship and prayer. Come Holy Spirit and dwell within me. Bring me stillness and peace and joy.