Purify Us, Lord!

John 2:13-25 Third Sunday of Lent Lord, I will take a specific steps to reestablish the proper order in my life, be faithful to my prayer commitments.
by Father David Daly, LC | Source: Catholic.net
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John 2:13-25

Introductory Prayer:
Lord Jesus, I believe in your Incarnation: that you came to teach us, suffer for us and show us the way home to heaven. I trust in your utter goodness and mercy and I am confident that you are leading me always. I love you and wish to make you known to many others, so they can be filled with the peace and joy that only you can give. Here I am now, ready and longing to encounter you through this meditation. teach me through the purification of the Temple to open my heart to purification. Take control of my life. Make me an instrument of your love and a true temple for the Holy Spirit.

Petition:
Lord, purify me!

1. “Zeal for Your House Will Consume Me.”:
When they witnessed Jesus cleansing the Temple, the apostles remembered the words from Psalm 69: “It is zeal for your house that has consumed me” (Psalm 69:9). Through Christ’s his zeal —his passionate love for God’s house—, Jesus fulfills the words from the Old Testament. He takes possession of his own house —the Temple—, and he evicts all of those who are making it a place of commerce. In doing so Christ teaches us that our faith must also be pure from all selfish, pragmatic concerns. We must be purified to grow in our friendship with Christ.

2. Destroy This Temple:
Jesus’ teachings about the Temple also show us the path to interior purification: the Easter Mystery. He refers to his death and resurrection when he says, “Destroy this Temple and in three days I will raise it up.” Not only does he fulfill the Old Testament in this Gospel passage, but he also gives us the example and the key to our own purification: We must die to ourselves in order to have life! We must cast out the concerns and “commerce” that dominate our hearts and minds even during times of prayer. Only through purification can we can hear the voice of the Holy Spirit.

3. Jesus Knows:
Jesus does not need anyone to tell him about human nature. He knows it well. He knows how hard it is to break away from what is merely human and to elevate all we do to a spiritual level. When he was on earth, he experienced the struggle and the temptations we face, and through his unfailing example he taught us how to live. He taught us to be radical in choosing God in our lives and courageously in putting him first. We need to put him first in our work, family and personal lives. When we can put God first, then we can truly be temples of the Holy Spirit.

Conversation with Christ:
Lord Jesus, you know how we become weighed down with mere human concerns; yet you desire much more for us. Help me to follow your example and be radical in my interior life. Give me the strength to put you above all other worries and concerns.

Resolution:
Lord,  I will take a specific steps to reestablish the proper order in my life, be faithful to my prayer commitments.


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