November 9, 2014 - Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica

posted Nov 4, 2014, 11:10 PM by Domain Admin   [ updated May 7, 2016, 10:31 PM ]

Gospel of John 2: 13-22

Kat's Reflection

When I was growing up, I remember a time when I was trying to leave my house with an outfit just taken out of the dryer. It was wrinkled and I looked like I had just rolled out of bed. My mom was so upset with me for attempting to leave the house and be out in public looking the way I did. I can clearly remember the lecture that was told to me. She said, “It’s all about respect. The way we live in our house, the way we look outside our house, is all a reflection of our family and the way people perceive us.” I know it sounds very superficial, but it’s a reality. She told me we needed to keep the house clean; that being clean means we’re being respectful of our belongings. That also went for the way we looked outside the house. Leaving with a wrinkled shirt was a bad reflection on my mom and dad. It would seem like they didn’t care about how we looked or that I didn’t care about myself to the outside world. Both of my parents worked long days and very hard to give my four siblings and I a house, clothes, food, a private education, and many other “extras” in my childhood life. I took them for granted and I didn’t fully respect them.

Now, I tell my kids, my family, the same thing that my mother told me growing up. “You are a reflection of me and our family even though you are your own person.” I’m trying to instill that thought into them because there is a truth to it. In this Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus is upset that people are disrespecting the temple, his Father’s house. When I think about how Jesus acted in the temple that day, He reminded me of my mom. I think about being a reflection of Jesus. I often come across some situation in my day that forces me to ask myself, “What would Jesus Do?” It’s a hard question sometimes, because what Jesus would have done is NOT what I was just thinking to do or did. Am I acting the right way? Do I have patience and understanding? Am I doing right by Him? He would have treated someone with care, patience and respect that they deserve. Hopefully, in our lives, we can all be a little bit more like Jesus. It’s something that I try hard to do in daily life, but struggle with. We should live and treat each other with respect. I know it’s easier said, than done, but that is the challenge. I know the world would be a much better place if we were the modern day Jesus’ of the community.

Jeffy’s Reflection

The word or phrase that stood out in the gospel was, “...Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up... But he was speaking about the temple of his Body.”

Jesus was stating that when he dies, he will come back after three days, stronger. This statement was a bold one in that most readers thought that he (Jesus) was gonna destroy the temple (building) and rebuild it in three days. But he was talking about himself.

Jesus told us that he was “light of the world,” and that he lives inside each one of us. And that if you believe in him, you will be saved. Just as in the gospel, the temple was not being used a place of worship, money-changers (tax collectors) doing business while animals used for sacrifice were being sold.

We as Christians must treat our body’s and carry ourselves with respect. If we don’t, we will fall down hard and it will take us a long time to recover and put ourselves back up. If we take care of our body, we feel good about ourselves. Just like a temple, a place of worship, it too must be treated with respect.

Our body (temple) is seen by many and sometimes not in good shape, spiritually and physically. We must take care of our temple by letting the readings and Gospel that we listen to on Sunday, be heard and stay inside of us. The words that are spoken and heard on Sunday, will help cleanse and heal the damage the body has been through.

Remember this from 1 Corinthians 3:16-17 “Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.”