Cleansing our temples

Cleansing our temples
By Jennifer Corpuz

The gospel this Sunday is about Jesus’ cleansing the temple. We remember that Jesus enters the temple in Jerusalem and finds merchants and moneychangers conducting business within its sacred precincts. Outraged by the commercialization of the house of God, Jesus overturns the tables and drives out the merchants, declaring, "Take these things away; do not make my Father's house a house of trade."

Our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit. But isn’t it that even our own bodies need cleansing just as Jesus cleansed the temple of His Father? Yes, we desecrate our own bodies with so many evil things, evil thoughts, vices, and bad habits that we too can hear Jesus shouting – “Take these things away; do not make my Father’s house a house of trade.” Or to be more personal, “Take these things away; do not make MY HOUSE a house of trade.”

Let us sanctify our body and treat it as sacred. The temple was meant to be a place of worship, prayer, and communion with God. Jesus' actions underscore the importance of maintaining the holiness and reverence of places dedicated to divine worship. So, too, our body is the sanctuary of our Spirit and God.

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