‘He drove them all out of the temple’
John 2: 13-22
This gospel reading tells us how when Jesus entered the temple and found: ‘people selling cattle and sheep and pigeons, and the money changers sitting at their counter,’ he drove them all out scolding them with: stop turning my Father’s house into a market.
What does all that mean to us today? We recall here that St Paul in his letter to the Corinthians writes: Didn’t you realize that you were God’s temple and that the Spirit of God was living in you? (1 Corinthians 3:16) Later in the second letter he states: The temple of God has no common ground with idols, and that is what we are – the temple of the living God. (2 Corinthians 6:16)
Jesus does not want us to scandalize this temple, which is our body, and that of our neighbour, and the house of God. By loving our neighbour, we are both obeying what Jesus termed the Greatest Commandment and respecting the temple of God.