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The Temple and Dwelling Place of God- John 2: 13-25

The Temple and Dwelling Place of God- John 2: 13-25

Gospel: John 2: 13-25 (the Third Sunday in Lent)

Dear friends,

In our gospel text, we see Jesus, filled with anger, outraged at the unfair trading, extortion, and exploitation going on in the temple; a place of prayer, a sign of the presence of God, turned into a marketplace and a den of thieves.

Jesus' response to the temple priests and religious leaders who question his behavior, surprises many, for he says; "Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up."

Jesus is actually talking about a more fundamental and transforming event than the physical demolition and reconstruction of the temple.

Jesus is talking about moving the meeting place of God and human beings away from a building. His own body, his own being will be the new temple, the place where the holiness of God dwells.

All the things that Jews were meant to find in the temple; life, love, healing and forgiveness, from now on will flow through his broken and risen body and they will flow for all people, not just the people of Israel.

In Jesus we are to find a new sanctuary, a place where God is present to us and we are present to and for him and each other, a place of relationship and community...a Community of Caritas (God's love). Yes, the physical building is important, but it would lose all meaning without a loving, praying, growing, and outward-looking community meeting within its walls.

Each one of us and all of us together are called to be the home, the dwelling place of God (1 Cor 6:19).

There is a sacred place within each of us where love can dwell and flow from us, a place of peace and light, a place where God is. We are called to live our lives from that sacred space of God and to love and respect the sacred space of God in others.

During this lent period, let us visit our inner sanctuary more often and spend more time there listening to God's voice so as to deepen our relationship with God through love and concern for one another.

Fr Frank Kyazze Lwanga