The Gospel Today
Friday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time
Jesus entered the temple area and proceeded to drive out
those who were selling things, saying to them,
“It is written, My house shall be a house of prayer,
but you have made it a den of thieves.”
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,
but they could find no way to accomplish their purpose
because all the people were hanging on his words.
Reflection (Sem. Jeffrey A. Danan)
I had a very memorable and fun-filled childhood with my friends back in my elementary days. We had our adventures like hunting rats and crickets at the rice field. Then, we cooked them and served them at our small camping activity. These seemed to be the care-free years of my life. They were as well my so-called innocent years.
But as time passed, changes became constant and I seemed to have become too worldly and self-reliant. I failed to see the changes which made me insensitive to the people around me. I negatively responded to the changes and became arrogant and too rigid with others’ opinion.
But I came to a point that I was seemingly in need of realigning myself. I was in a point of nowhere and searched for God in my life. In this experience, I made a decision to make another change. Change in which I will leave my “old” self and live a new life with Jesus. I embraced that experience of “cleansing” myself where I needed to do penance and repentance. This was my so-called conversion experience.
Today’s Gospel gives me that same invitation to heed the call for conversion – the cleansing of the temple of God which is, for me, my own body. I need to rekindle the flame that has led me to thirst for God and search for Him. I need to go back to the simplest responses and revisit myself to see if I am on track with God’s way.
But there is no new body, just the old me renewed in spirit. With that, I see that conversion is a process in which I let God reenter my life and my heart, even my soul. Like what St. Paul told the Corinthians, “Do you not know that your bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit?” I believe that it is right to make this body worthy to be the temple of the Holy Spirit. This is what I am persevering with every changes I am encountering, especially that which concerns my vocation.