Slow Lent Week 3 – In the temple with Jesus


28 Feb 2018

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Gospel – John 2:13-25 (Sunday 4 March 2018)

The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables. Making a whip of cords, he drove all of them out of the temple, both the sheep and the cattle. He also poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. He told those who were selling the doves, ‘Take these things out of here! Stop making my Father’s house a marketplace!’ His disciples remembered that it was written, ‘Zeal for your house will consume me.’ The Jews then said to him, ‘What sign can you show us for doing this?’ Jesus answered them, ‘Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.’ The Jews then said, ‘This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and will you raise it up in three days?’ But he was speaking of the temple of his body. After he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this; and they believed the scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.

When he was in Jerusalem during the Passover festival, many believed in his name because they saw the signs that he was doing. But Jesus on his part would not entrust himself to them, because he knew all people and needed no one to testify about anyone; for he himself knew what was in everyone.

Gospel readings are taken from NRSV Bible.

Daily questions


This Gospel reading takes us into the temple in Jerusalem with Jesus. What struck me in the reading?


Jesus is angry with what is happening in his Father’s house. How do I feel about what I see happening in the Catholic Church today? What things make me angry, and what brings me life?


Jesus is describing his body as a temple of God. How do I feel when thinking about my own body as a temple of God? How might that change the way I live?


Some places make me feel a greater ease with God. Where is my sacred space?


What have I discovered while spending time with Jesus in the temple this week?

Video clip: Snow falling outside a church



Jesus wants every person to have an ease in relating with God. The temple is a help to this end because the believers know they can meet the Creator there. When Jesus finds the temple at work as a market, he erupts. Jesus has a deep desire that the people be able to pray in the temple.

Today, Jesus’ Spirit dwells within me, making my body a temple. I can pray because God’s Spirit already rests in my body. Yet I sometimes feel a block in my sense of relationship with God. When I act without love, when I use violent words, when I see faults in others that I choose not to notice in myself … These decisions might lead me to think of myself as removed from God’s favour and distant from God’s presence. But Jesus wants me to return to a relationship with him.

So now I ask Jesus for an ease in relating with God. I take time to consider the ways my body is a temple of God’s Spirit. I ask God for a new sense of wonder and awe at all that I am.

Now I give thanks to God’s Spirit for making a home in me. I become aware of the love that is being poured into my heart. I imagine this happening every moment. I ask for the grace to unite my every action with the love moving within me.

Resources written by James O'Brien. Edited by Michael McVeigh.
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