Focusing on the Mission

09 November 2019. Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome

Reflection (Sem. Renz Marion C. Cunanan)

“What sign can you show us for doing this?”

              In today’s Gospel, this question was asked by the Jews to Jesus. Jesus went to the temple and saw money changers there and people selling animals. He was angry and drove them away.

              Reflecting on the Gospel reading today and the question asked by the Jews to Jesus, I remember when I was discerning in entering the seminary. I asked for a lot of signs. I focused on the signs and not on Jesus who was calling me then. To me, these signs are like the animals and the money changers in the temple. They are like distractions who are blocking my sight in seeing the works of Jesus in my life then. It is also good to ask myself, am I like the Jews in the Gospel who were focused on the signs in order to believe in the works of Jesus?

              To me, this is the invitation of the Gospel today, to be able to unclog myself of things that are blocking my sight in order for me to see clearly on what the Lord is asking me to do. As a priest-in-process, it is important to have a clear vision of the mission that the Lord is entrusting me. Today’s Gospel is a call of refocusing myself on Jesus who is the greatest sign of the love of God to me.

The Gospel Today

John 2: 13 – 22

Since the Passover of the Jews was near,
Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
He found in the temple area those who sold oxen, sheep, and doves,
as well as the money-changers seated there.
He made a whip out of cords
and drove them all out of the temple area, with the sheep and oxen,
and spilled the coins of the money-changers
and overturned their tables,
and to those who sold doves he said,
“Take these out of here,
and stop making my Father’s house a marketplace.”
His disciples recalled the words of Scripture,
Zeal for your house will consume me.
At this the Jews answered and said to him,
“What sign can you show us for doing this?”
Jesus answered and said to them,
“Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up.”
The Jews said,
“This temple has been under construction for forty-six years,
and you will raise it up in three days?”
But he was speaking about the temple of his Body.
Therefore, when he was raised from the dead,
his disciples remembered that he had said this,
and they came to believe the Scripture
and the word Jesus had spoken.

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