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Christ confronts the Money Changers

"The Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple he found those who were selling oxen and sheep and pigeons, and the money-changers at their business. And making a whip of cords, he drove them all, with the sheep and oxen, out of the temple; and he poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables. And he told those who sold the pigeons, "Take these things away; you shall not make my Father's house a house of trade." His disciples remembered that it was written, "Zeal for thy house will consume me." The Jews then said to him, "What sign have you to show us for doing this?" Jesus answered them, "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up." The Jews then said, "It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will you raise it up in three days?" But he spoke of the temple of his body. When therefore he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this; and they believed the scripture and the word which Jesus had spoken.

 

Now when he was in Jerusalem at the Passover feast, many believed in his name when they saw the signs which he did; but Jesus did not trust himself to them, because he knew all men and needed no one to bear witness of man; for he himself knew what was in man"

 

– John 2:13-25, which is today's Gospel for the 3rd Sunday of Lent.

 

This stained glass window of the Cleansing of the Temple is in Newcastle Cathedral.

 

The Lord confronts those sins which have, as it were, set up stall in our hearts and bodies. And he does so with righteous anger because of his zeal for our souls, for our salvation. Because we are to be Temples of the Holy Spirit, and the light of that Spirit is obscured by our greed, envy, hatred... Hence, this Lent we pray that the Lord will enter and cleanse us of our sins, so that we may once more be filled with divine Love, and thus, enjoy the glory of the Resurrection of our bodies in union with him.

  

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Taken on July 30, 2010