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Keeping God's temple holy.

A temple is a building devoted to worship, or is regarded as the dwelling place of a god or gods or other objects of religious reverence. In our fulfillment to the first precepts of the Roman Catholic Church, i.e., to attend Mass on Sunday and during Holy Day of Obligation, we proceed to the church where we offer our prayers and thanksgiving for the past week's blessings and guidance through the Holy Eucharist - the summit of our Christian faith.

The third Sunday of Lent as revealed in the readings, reminds us that we are God's most precious and real temple. The Gospel reading reminds us to give importance and reverence to the temple of the Father. The gospel narrates the time when Jesus went up to Jerusalem and found in the temple area those who sold oxen, sheep, and doves, as well money changers. He made a whip out of cords and drove them all out of the temple area with the sheep and oxen, spilled the coins of the money changers, and overturned their tables. He told those who sold doves: "Take these out of here, and stop making my Father's house a marketplace."

The Jews 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 did not believe what Jesus said since the temple had seen under construction for 46 years, then Jesus would raise it up in three days?

Our Lord Jesus does not always tell us directly what he means with all of these passages. Most of the times, he uses parables to express the will of our Father in heaven. When Jesus delivered this passage, he meant the temple of his body. After he died and was raised from the dead, the disciples remembered that he had said this, and they came to believe the Scripture and the words Jesus had spoken.

If Jesus considered himself a temple of God, so we, too, must always remember that we (our body, soul, and spirit) is a temple of God. Our bodies were created in the image and likeness of God. It is a precious gift from our Heavenly Father to allow us experience mortality and continue becoming more like him. This influences the way we treat our bodies and feel about Heavenly Father and ourselves. When we treat our bodies as God's holy temple, we obtain physical, emotional, and spiritual blessings from him. Therefore, let us allow ourselves that our Heavenly Father may be seen through us, with our sincere acts of charity, generosity, humility, fidelity, kindness, mercy, and compassion. We thus become instruments of God through which He expresses his profound love for us, his holy ones.

This 3rd Sunday of Lent, we are reminded that Christ's blood purchased us from the slavery of sin and set us free forever. As Christians' bodies are God's holy temple, we are to use them to glorify God in everything that we do. Have a meaningful journey in this Lenten pilgrimage with Jesus.


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Publication:Manila Bulletin
Date:Mar 3, 2018
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