23 Nov. 2018: The Sanctity of God’s Temple

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Friday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time

Reading 1: Rv 10:8-11 ; Gospel: Lk 19:45-48

Jesus’s intense love for his father is described in these few verses. The first temple of God  was built by Solomon, it had an altar and on it the High priest would pour the blood of the  animals offered as atonement for the sins of the people. As time went by people began to sell animals and other goods within the vicinity of the temple. Solomon’s temple was destroyed and a new temple was built there at the time of the prophets Nehemiah and Ezra. This is the second temple of Jerusalem, and it’s into this temple that Jesus enters and what he sees there completely shocks him. And he is furious, because they had turned his father’s house into a marketplace and in his fury he  takes a rope and literally drives the sellers from the temple and overturns their goods. He restores the sanctity of the place, and then begins to teach them about His Father and His Kingdom. The people marvel at his wisdom and knowledge.
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