A reading from the gospel according to Luke 19:45-48
45 Jesus entered the temple area and proceeded to drive out those who were selling things,
46 saying to them, “It is written, My house shall be a house of prayer, but you have made it a den of thieves.”
47 And every day he was teaching in the temple area. The chief priests, the scribes, and the leaders of the people, meanwhile, were seeking to put him to death,
48 but they could find no way to accomplish their purpose because all the people were hanging on his words.
Pointers for Reflection:
1. Jesus does not compromise the truth no matter who gets hurt. He does not sugarcoat His teachings or actions in order to please everyone. For Him, what is wrong is wrong even if everybody is doing it and what is right is right even if no one is doing it. There is nothing in between. It is either black or white.
2. At the temple, Jesus drove out the merchants because they have made the House of Prayer into a den of thieves. Never mind if businesses serve the material needs of pilgrims who came from faraway places. The temple is sacred and for Jesus, it should never be a place to commit sin like profiteering and scamming in addition to the noise and foul smell that distracted the worshippers. In our time, church administrators should learn the lessons from Jesus.
3. The actions of Jesus at the temple infuriated the authorities and they plotted to put Jesus to death. Indeed, many people such as our leaders are often times antagonistic to the truth. They do not like to be criticized much less be interfered with their devilish schemes. When they do not like what they hear from people, they used their position to get back at critics. Indeed, proclaiming the truth is a dangerous endeavor. Like Jesus, being a light may bring us to Calvary.
4. The people were hanging on to the Words of Jesus. There were people who opposed and were irritated by Jesus but most of the poor and the marginalized were attracted to Him. They liked His teachings and they followed Him everywhere. His words gave them hope and many of them actually received personal benefits such as healing and free food. Like them, may we also hang on to His every word so not we will always be inspired and strengthened to carry on the journey towards His kingdom.