“Proclaim the Gospel to Every Creature”
(Mark 16: 15)
Let us remember God’s Teaching, contained in His Word and in doing so, remain
close to Him. The following are only examples illustrating how you can note the
gems the Holy Spirit highlights for your on-going reflection.
The Risen Jesus is our Temple
Lent 3 Year B John 13: 2 — 21
1. “It is noticeable that Jesus began His ministry with an act of holiness rather
than of power. He wished to teach the nation that the supreme need was their
spiritual cleansing, their purification as worshippers, their moral elevation as
the people of God; and He wished to suggest that He could bring such blessings
if they would accept and follow Him. (Erdman). St. John the Baptist had also
proclaimed the need for profound spiritual cleansing. But, at the Temple Jesus
emphasised the need for the place where worship occurs to be held in great
veneration and not used for anything else.
2. “(Thus) the risen Jesus is the ꞌplaceꞌ of a new worship, and through faith in
Him, which is the interior work of the Holy Spirit, believers enter into a new
relationship with God, their Father.” (J. Pollin, S. J.) This is a beautiful
affirmation that as members of Jesus Christ we belong where He resides:
the House of God. Through Him we become members of the Household of God,
and enjoy a very wonderful relationship with God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
3. We can be very condemnatory when we declare that the Jews of our Lordꞌs
day were unprepared for the coming of the Messiah. We are so used to
condemning them, we overlook the fact that it was really only the senior
authorities who felt their interests threatened by this “young upstart” of a
Messiah. Many ordinary, “everyday” members of Israel in fact did respond
to Jesus. But even more to the point, how prepared are we for the return of
the Lord? What are we doing to ensure we keep a genuine focus on our Lordꞌs
promised, “Second Coming”? Have we really built this into our daily schedule
(1 Peter 2: 11 — 12. Luke 1: 17. 1 Thessalonians 5: 1 — 11).