On Today’s Gospel

Posted: November 9, 2018 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys

Are we the Church where living waters flow? Out to the peripheries touching the aged, the poor, the sick, the handicapped, the outcasts. Where renewal and healing in Christ Jesus our Lord takes place. When we gather to worship with one heart, one voice, one body. Where we go forth as disciples bringing about more and greater disciples then ourselves. Are we then a vibrant, missionary and evangelistic church?

Have we removed the clutter from within us? The secular ways and thinking of the world? Have we emptied our hearts and minds of all worldly cares and concerns to prepare room for our Lord Jesus Christ. We must know that though we are many parts, we are one body. And each body of ours is Holy, each one of us carries within our bodies, the Holy Spirit. For in our body, which has been offered as a living sacrifice, God dwells. This is where the life of church begins. Blessed is our Church built upon the rock, our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ. We are one Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church.

And so together with the, elders, angels and the saints we cry out Holy, Holy, Holy are You Lord! Now and forever. Amen

First reading

Ezekiel 47:1-2,8-9,12
Wherever the water flows, it will bring life and health

The angel brought me to the entrance of the Temple, where a stream came out from under the Temple threshold and flowed eastwards, since the Temple faced east. The water flowed from under the right side of the Temple, south of the altar. He took me out by the north gate and led me right round outside as far as the outer east gate where the water flowed out on the right-hand side. He said, ‘This water flows east down to the Arabah and to the sea; and flowing into the sea it makes its waters wholesome. Wherever the river flows, all living creatures teeming in it will live. Fish will be very plentiful, for wherever the water goes it brings health, and life teems wherever the river flows. Along the river, on either bank, will grow every kind of fruit tree with leaves that never wither and fruit that never fails; they will bear new fruit every month, because this water comes from the sanctuary. And their fruit will be good to eat and the leaves medicinal.’

Gospel

John 2:13-22
Destroy this sanctuary and in three days I will raise it up

Just before the Jewish Passover Jesus went up to Jerusalem, and in the Temple he found people selling cattle and sheep and pigeons, and the money changers sitting at their counters there. Making a whip out of some cord, he drove them all out of the Temple, cattle and sheep as well, scattered the money changers’ coins, knocked their tables over and said to the pigeon-sellers, ‘Take all this out of here and stop turning my Father’s house into a market.’ Then his disciples remembered the words of scripture: Zeal for your house will devour me. The Jews intervened and said, ‘What sign can you show us to justify what you have done?’ Jesus answered, ‘Destroy this sanctuary, and in three days I will raise it up.’ The Jews replied, ‘It has taken forty-six years to build this sanctuary: are you going to raise it up in three days?’ But he was speaking of the sanctuary that was his body, and when Jesus rose from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they believed the scripture and the words he had said.

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