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Homilies :: Latin Rite
Friday of the 31st Week in the Ordinary Time Download This Homily

November 9, 2018

Friday of the 31st Week in the Ordinary Time


Cor 3: 9b-11, 16-17

Gospel JN 2:13-22


Since the Passover of the Jews was near, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. He found in the temple area those who sold oxen, sheep, and doves, as well as the money-changers seated there. He made a whip out of cords and drove them all out of the temple area, with the sheep and oxen, and spilled the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables, and to those who sold doves he said, "Take these out of here, and stop making my Father's house a marketplace." His disciples recalled the words of Scripture, Zeal for your house will consume me. At this the Jews answered and said to him, "What sign can you show us for doing this?" Jesus answered and said to them, "Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up." The Jews said, "This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and you will raise it up in three days?" But he was speaking about the temple of his Body. Therefore, when he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they came to believe the Scripture and the word Jesus had spoken.

 

Jesus Cleanses the Temple


A cooked up story related to the Arc of Noah. God asked Noah to make the arc for all animals and birds. Noah made the arc; he kept inside the pairs of all the animals and birds of the earth. They closed the doors of the arc expecting rains. But it did not rain. It was boring then for the sons of Noah. They made a beautiful plan till the rains came. They placed a notice board outside the arc. “Animal-Bird show”. Many people thronged to see the rare species. By the evening the sons of Noah had plenty of money in their wallets. Business in the arc of the salvation!


The same business attitude Jesus observed in the Jerusalem Temple, when he went there. People were selling and buying, money business and all kinds of business. How can the son of God sit quite seeing all these? The Zeal for his Fathers’ house consumed him, and he literally cleansed the temple. And then he revealed about his body as the real temple and emphasised the importance of cleansing one’s own body, which is more valuable and to be kept always as the house of God.


In Geetanjali, Tagore sings somewhat like this, “My heart is your dwelling place; The day may get over; darkness may prevail, Even the time of your pooja may get over.


Lord pluck me before I may lose my fragrance and beauty, And offer me at your alter.”

God looks into the beauty of the soul of humans. Jesus urges each one to keep always perfect our human souls, which is the temple of God.


Fr. Seby Pallissery CMI


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