Every day, we need to go to our quiet place...

Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

March 23, A.D. 2003

Exodus 20:1-17 or 20:1-3,7-8,12-17
Psalm 19:8,9,10,11
1 Corinthians 1:22-25
John 2:13-25

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 (jmurphy@utica.edu)


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