Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
March 23, A.D. 2003
Exodus 20:1-17 or 20:1-3,7-8,12-17
1 Corinthians 1:22-25
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
We are raised and educated to think of Jesus as a kind and merciful
person. Many of us love the image of Christ as the Good Shepherd, or
Christ holding and playing with the children. The image of Christ in
the Gospel is at times very different. Perhaps if we had been there we might
have become frightened. Christ is depicted at times as an angry person!
In the first reading we are reminded that God brought us out of Egypt,
out of slavery, The reading goes on to describe the Ten Commandments,
as means to assist us from returning to the slavery of the soul. For
instance, we are not to worship other gods.
Christ became quite angry in the Gospel of today. We see Him making a
whip and turning over the tables where money exchanges were taking
place. God is a jealous God. He wants to give His love and have us
share our being with Him, now that He has delivered us out of slavery.
Lent is a good time to reflect seriously on this subject. Have we
allowed other gods to enter the 'temple' of our being, causing the
same lack of respect that made Christ so angry? Obviously we need to
conduct the business of our daily lives, but are we more concerned
with the temporal affairs of our lives than of keeping our temples as
a place of worship?
After Christ drove out the money-changers, the disciples recalled the Scriptural
passage....regarding zeal for the house of God being a consuming zeal.
When we think of the word 'zeal' we might think of words such as:
enthusiasm, energy, unrelenting zeal, positive goals and direction.
Are these words that we can use in describing our own efforts at
keeping our own temples for the Father?
Breathe in me O Holy Spirit
to cleanse my soul
of all gods but You alone. Amen.
- Joan of Jesus, ocds (email@example.com)
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