The Dedication of the Lateran Basilica : Monday, 9th November 2020

Daily Word Of God

John 2:13-19

When the time of the Jewish Passover was near Jesus went up to Jerusalem, and in the Temple he found people selling cattle and sheep and doves, and the money changers sitting there.

Making a whip out of cord, he drove them all out of the Temple, sheep and cattle as well, scattered the money changers’ coins, knocked their tables over and said to the dove sellers, ‘Take all this out of here and stop using my Father’s house as a market.’

Then his disciples remembered the words of scripture: I am eaten up with zeal for your house. The Jews intervened and said, ‘What sign can you show us that you should act like this?’ Jesus answered, ‘Destroy this Temple, and in three days I will raise it up.’

Today's Pointers on God's Word

As you read the passage what words, phases or meanings caught your attention?

  • This is one of the few times when we see Jesus’ angry.  Why?  The money changers have belittled His Father’s sacred space of worship.


  • Jesus is speaking not only of the physical space in the Temple, but also referring to the sacredness of God’s presence in our hearts.


  • We need to treasure the sacredness of what belongs to God – the Temple as a place of worship and our bodies as the Temples of the Holy Spirit. Pray    for the grace to value both.