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3rd Sunday of Lent 

Scripture readings for today's liturgy:

Exodus 20:1-17

Psalm 19

1 Corinthians 1:22-25

John 2:13-25

“Do you not know: your bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit?”

 Whenever we hear the word of God in our liturgies we should let it explode in all its fullness in order to let it permeate our very being. Today’s Gospel presents an angry Jesus: am image that we don’t often see or hear about. So, we have to ask, “what is Jesus so angry about?”

I think it comes down to His zeal for what we should be all about. “Temple Worship” was key to the Jewish people. It gave them a place to connect with God and to know His abiding presence with His Chosen people. So why is Jesus angry with that concept? Perhaps it’s the fact that human nature always trys to lock God into a space where we can be comfortable and approach God – but approach Him in a way that doesn’t push us over the edge.

Jesus says, “Zeal for my Father’s House consumes me.” Do we have “zeal” for seeking God’s presence? Or do we, rather, attempt to create temples where we can feel comfortable with a God who is boxed in by our concepts of holiness?

If we switch gears for a moment and look at our own lives with an understanding that our bodies are the temples of the Holy Spirit we might be able to see where there is need for “cleaning up” and getting rid of the clutter that has crept in over the years.

Lent affords us this opportunity to do some necessary spring cleaning. What are some of the things that we have allowed to slip into our spiritual lives that need to be cleaned up? Let’s not just re-arrange the furniture but let us ask God to show us what we need to get rid of. In the end we need to be able say, like Job, “naked came I from my mother’s womb and naked shall I return. Blessed be the Name of the Lord.” Amen!