Reflection: Dedication of the Lateran Basilica

Chinese Mass:Every Sunday 2:15 p.m.

Our Lady of the Assumption RC Church, Assumption Priory, Victoria Park Square, Bethnal Green E2 9PB (map)

After Mass you are welcome to join the community for a tea gathering

Bible study/sharing every Saturday (2:00-4:00 p.m.) at Notre Dame De France Church, 5 Leicester Place WC2H 7BX (near See Woo Chinese Supermarket, Leicester Square tube station)

Talk and discussion meeting First Monday of every month (4:00-6:00 p.m.) at Notre Dame De France Church


[1st Reading – Ez.47:1-2, 8-9, 12; Ps.45; 2nd Reading – 1Cor.3:9-11, 16-17; Gospel – Jn.2:13-22]


It has always been a problem the exchange of tits for tats. One hears something but understands something else. The Bible, quite often, has been a victim of such a problem!

In today’s gospel we have people who were quite often in the Temple not as devotees, but as vendors selling “merchandise” that could be used as an offering in the same Temple. Even those who were changing money. They were doing so such that the people could have the proper money to put into the offering. “These” were in the Temple, helping the Temple goers… and, at the same time helping themselves in earning their living. All done with the consent of the “Jews” who were not seeing the negative side of this end, but were seeing Jesus’ actions and wanted an explanation and a sign from Him to justify His zeal for the House of the Lord. They were literally making of the Holy Temple a mere “market” where the most important thing was not, any more, the offering (a means of showing dependence of the one who is offering upon the one to whom it is offered)… but all the “money matter” that

comes with it. The offering, therefore, the relationship, depended on how much money one had. The more one had, the bigger the offering… Thus the same act of “offering” had become a show-off of the richness one depended upon. It had lost its value of interdependence and became a sign of well-being or of not-so-well-being!

Jesus tries to fight this idea of the Temple and the offering. The Temple is the presence of God, and therefore when they asked him for a sign, without mentioning him, Jesus used the sign of Jonah. Jesus challenged them to destroy His Temple (His body), which by the intervention of God (the “three days”), Jesus will himself raise up because He is the Son of God.

Our body, in the words of St. Paul, is a Sacred Temple. This sacredness is because there is the presence of God in it. This God is not far away from us but in us to render life easier for us to create a relationship with Him. Let us be careful not to make of it a “market” or worse, destroy it completely.

“Lord, you made of us the Temple of God. We are the Temple where you, through the Holy Spirit – whom we received in our baptism and received again in confirmation – dwell in us Help us to appreciate this treasure within us and to remember the dignity of ourselves as images of Yourself – the true God!”



Fr. Jesmond Pawley, OFM Conv.

(Permission to reproduce on this site by Fr. Jesmond, St. Patrick’s RC Church, Waterloo )

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