March 3, 2024
Third Sunday of Lent
John 2: 13-25
The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables. Making a whip of cords, he drove all of them out of the temple, both the sheep and the cattle. He also poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. He told those who were selling the doves, “Take these things out of here! Stop making my Father’s house a marketplace!” His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.” The Jews then said to him, “What sign can you show us for doing this?” Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” The Jews then said, “This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and will you raise it up in three days?” But he was speaking of the temple of his body. After he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this; and they believed the scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.
When he was in Jerusalem during the Passover festival, many believed in his name because they saw the signs that he was doing. But Jesus on his part would not entrust himself to them, because he knew all people and needed no one to testify about anyone; for he himself knew what was in everyone.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
Alive Like Jesus
The thing about Jesus is you didn’t have to tell him about anybody because he already knew it, maybe because he prayed so much. And he could walk through all the dung in the Temple and see how the businessmen were hedging and keeping the profits with a blessing, and he still loved everybody, even the servants of the big cattlemen, who brought their half-horned bulls for sacrifice which was against the law. He just loved everybody. So, when he grabbed a rope and made a whip, the kind of thing he had never done before, and chased them all out, he didn’t hurt the little lady sitting with the little cage of sparrows. Maybe it was no surprise that he rose again from the dead because he was as alive as we are reading this. And if we follow him, we’ll be alive like him, and that’s something.
—Fr. Joseph Tetlow, SJ, is an author and recognized authority on Ignatian Spirituality, the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola, and the Jesuit practice of discernment. He is a member of the Jesuits USA Central and Southern Province.
Thanks be to thee, Lord Jesus Christ,
for all the benefits thou has given me,
for all the sins you pointed out
so we could repent
and how you remained holy.
O most merciful redeemer,
friend and brother,
may I know thee more clearly,
love thee more dearly,
and follow thee more nearly,
day by day.
—St. Richard of Chichester, further revision again by Fr. Joseph Tetlow, SJ
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