Today’s Gospel: John 2:13-22 – Dedication of the Lateran Basilica
Today’s reading is all about housekeeping.
“Zeal for your house will consume me.”
Does the zeal for your house consume you? Are you guarding a house that focuses on Jesus Christ or the things of this world? Are you filling your home with zeal for God or zeal for the world?
What is your zealous approach towards the house of God? Is it based on prayer?
Christ uses our various approaches for the good. He flipped tables, after all. My children will admit that I’ve come close to flipping tables…but never have. Getting angry and flipping tables might not be your best approach either. It doesn’t make our approach or call for zeal lesser.
Jesus flipped tables…once. But there’s more to the story. So much more…
Jesus corrected the Pharisees and people in the temple the way He did because they should have known better. By doing so, He showed us that our zeal for His Father’s house matters. It matters greatly. That house of worship is His Body. It deserves the utmost respect. Our diligence in keeping our house holy is the best housekeeping we could ever do. Even when approached by others who do not fully know what has been handed down to us through the faith, if they arrive on our doorstep, we must demand that respect and zeal be shown when entering the House of the Lord. It matters. It matters greatly.
Where is my zeal for the Lord and how do I show it to others? Is it one based on prayer?
Dear Lord, allow zeal for Your house to consume me, to guide me, to show me, to convert me. Allow me to carry it into the marketplace and courtyards that lie beyond this house of prayer.
Copyright 2017 Cay Gibson
Cay Gibson is a Catholic author and homeschooling mom. She lives with her husband and their five children in coastal Louisiana and serves her church parish as the Director of Religious Education. She is the creator of the Seasonal/Liturgical Year Daybook and author of “Catholic Mosaic” and “A Picture Perfect Childhood”. She blogs at Cajun Cottage Under the Oaks.
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