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Gospel Reflection

When we set our minds on God’s reign,
our hearts on God’s justice,
everything else will be ours as well.
Listen to Jesus who proclaims good news,
which he alone fulfills.

Gospel Reading - The cleansing of the Temple

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13Then it was time for the annual Jewish Passover celebration, and Jesus went to Jerusalem. 14In the Temple area he saw merchants selling cattle, sheep, and doves for sacrifices, and moneychangers behind their counters. 15Jesus made a whip from some ropes and chased them all out, and drove out the sheep and oxen, scattering the moneychangers’ coins over the floor and turning over their tables! 16Then, going over to the men selling doves, he told them, “Get these things out of here. Don’t turn my Father’s House into a market!”

17Then his disciples remembered this prophecy from the Scriptures: “Concern for God’s House will be my undoing.”

18“What right have you to order them out?” the Jewish leadersa demanded. “If you have this authority from God, show us a miracle to prove it.”

19“All right,” Jesus replied, “this is the miracle I will do for you: Destroy this sanctuary and in three days I will raise it up!”

20“What!” they exclaimed. “It took forty-six years to build this Temple, and you can do it in three days?” 21But by “this sanctuary” he meant his body. 22After he came back to life again, the disciples remembered his saying this and realized that what he had quoted from the Scriptures really did refer to him, and had all come true!

. . . . .John 2:13-22
  1. Literally, “the Jews.”

The Lord's Prayer

Our Father in heaven,
     hallowed be your name,
     your kingdom come,
     your will be done,
          on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
     as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
     and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
     now and for ever.
Amen.