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On Today’s Gospel

Posted: November 9, 2022 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
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We are the living stones, the foundation of which living waters flows. Life teems and grows exponentially as healing grace is poured out. The gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. For we are Church!

So then sisters and brothers let us dwell on what you and I are doing individually and collectively to build up and strengthen our Church, thereby building the Lord’s Kingdom. How are we giving witness before the world, to witness mother church’s holiness, her loving care, warmth, discipline and fidelity to her wedded spouse Christ Jesus our Lord! How are we sharing the joy of the Gospel in love, through love and by our love? How are we leading the world on the path of salvation?

Jesus my Lord, my God, You are our sanctuary, our salvation. May all come to know that You are their sanctuary their salvation through us Your Church. 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.’

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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.