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November 22th, 2013
Michael Boes

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Today’s Gospel provides us with an image of our Lord cleansing the Temple after it had been defiled by those attempting to make this most holy sanctuary into a marketplace. I love this Gospel passage because when someone asks “What would Jesus do?” I can say to them in clear conscience that “flipping tables and freaking out” is an option! This begs the question of why Jesus would become angry? Which sin pushed Jesus to a state of justified rage? It is clear by Christ’s response that among the most severe sins humanity can be guilty of is defiling the house of God.

In a literal interpretation it is easy to understand that Jesus demands that the Temple and all houses of God be respected and deemed sacred by the people. So, I ask each of you: how do you come to Church? Perhaps you are distracted and anxious. We are all very busy in this day and age and sometimes we allow ourselves to avoid prayer to make time for tasks of lesser importance. Today let us enter the house of God with reverence and place our worries at the foot of the cross. We must let go of distraction to come truly in prayer. Many of us have grown up with the Mass and we know to cross our body with holy water “In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit” as we enter a Church. We also know to genuflect to the tabernacle before entering our pew, but why? I challenge you today to enter a Church alone with Our Lord and genuflect before Him with the prayer “Lord, I submit myself to you today. Do with me what you will.” In this way we will give ourselves to God in the same way that Our Blessed Mother Mary gave herself to God. Give yourself totally and faithfully to the Lord in all your actions, sufferings, joys, and thoughts. Accept the crosses that will come but remember the words of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and have hope, “The world promises you comfort, but you were not made for comfort. You were made for greatness.”

I also challenge you today to regard your body as a temple for Our Lord. Each and every time we receive Holy Communion in the Mass we literally hold the body of Christ within us. In this way our bodies are tabernacles for Christ. Take a minute to think about that. You and I become one with Heaven every time we receive the Eucharist in a state of grace. “If Angels could be jealous of men, they would be so for one reason: Holy Communion.” These words of the great martyr St. Maximilian Kolbe define the true essence of Christianity. We are called to uphold the integrity of the Temple that is our Soul. If we are filled with sin, we must seek forgiveness in the confessional. Today, I challenge you to overturn the tables of vice within your own heart. Drive sin out of your soul and restore the beauty of the Body of Christ by giving our Lord a true home in your heart. Make time for prayer. Make time for the Sacraments. Love one another as Christ has loved you.


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