Gospel Reading and Thoughts for March 8, 2015

Gospel – John 2:13-25

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 Jesus and the moneychangersand 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. While he was in Jerusalem for the feast of Passover, many began to believe in his name when they saw the signs he was doing. But Jesus would not trust himself to them because he knew them all, and did not need anyone to testify about human nature. He himself understood it well.

 

In today’s gospel, Jesus displays his fully human nature.  In fact, the gospel says that he didn’t need anyone to tell him about human nature because he was very familiar with it.  We see him become angry when he enters the temple, an emotion that I am sure we have shared with him.

It is so beautiful that Christ shared in our humanity.  He has had the same range of emotion that we experience every day.  Joy at the hug of a child, sadness and loss with the death of his earthly father, confusion, hunger, love in the eyes of a dear friend, frustration and despair.  He knows how they feel and in sharing with us how we feel, he understands how we act and think.  He knows the reasons behind our choices and with great understanding comes great love for us.  And the more we strive to know Him in return, we can feel his love and mercy for us all the greater.

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