Third Sunday of Lent : 7th March, 2021

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DGeMs- Daily Gospel eMessage

Dear Friend in the Lord,

Sacred Temple”: In today’s Gospel, Jesus expelled the money changers in the Temple; as they were desecrating the sacred place of worship through cheating of the poor.  The places of worship and our hearts, which are “Temples of the Holy Spirit”.  They are both inseparably “sacred”.  Love God through our prayer and in all our deeds.

Fr Philip Heng, S.J.

John 2:13-16, 18-22

Just before the Jewish Passover Jesus went up to Jerusalem, and in the Temple he found people selling cattle and sheep and pigeons, and the money changers sitting at their counters there. Making a whip out of some cord, he drove them all out of the Temple, cattle and sheep as well, scattered the money changers’ coins, knocked their tables over and said to the pigeon sellers, ‘Take all this out of here and stop turning my Father’s house into a market.’

The Jews intervened and said, ‘What sign can you show us to justify what you have done?’ Jesus answered, ‘Destroy this sanctuary, and in three days I will raise it up.’ The Jews replied, ‘It has taken forty-six years to build this sanctuary: are you going to raise it up in three days?’ But he was speaking of the sanctuary that was his body, and when Jesus rose from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they believed the scripture and the words he had said.