Sunday 4 March 2018

About Today Readings

Week III Psalter. Third Sunday of Lent. St Casimir.

Exodus 20:1-17. Psalm 18(19):8-11. 1 Corinthians 1:22-25. John 2:13-25.

Lord, you have the words of everlasting life—Psalm 18(19):8-11. 

He was speaking of the temple of his body.’

The Gospel recounts Jesus’ clearing of the temple traders and his anger at their ‘turning [his] Father’s house into a market’. He hopes to restore his father’s house to a place of prayer for all peoples.

Jesus soon instructs those listening to him that if they were to ‘destroy this temple’ he will raise it up in three days. Here he is using a provocative reference to prefigure his own death and resurrection. His body will be destroyed as he takes upon himself all the violence humanity is capable of. He will not transmit the trauma of the cross; he will transform it with love. His body will be raised up in three days. Jesus will be a temple of God’s presence for all time, a sign of hope in our darkest night.

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