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John 2:16 [Jesus] told those who were selling the doves, “Take these things out of here! Stop making my Father’s house a marketplace!”
Jesus can see that the temple is filled with animals and moneychangers but is empty of life and soul. The people have lost their way and have forgotten that the temple is God’s house, that their bodies are God’s house, that creation is God’s house, that the entire cosmos is God’s house. They have forgotten that the face of God is found in every direction.
When this kind of forgetting happens in our hearts and minds, the temple of our lives becomes a place of transaction rather than transformation, wholesale marketplace rather than holy meeting place.
Jesus is driving out forgetfulness from our hearts—vivifying, ensouling, and humanizing the temple inside you and me.
MOVING FORWARD: How does it change your self-image to think of our lives as God’s temple?
Today the Church remembers Perpetua and her Companions, Martyrs at Carthage, 202.