The Melanesian Martyrs' Memorial Church of St Andrews

Lent 3b, 2017

Today’s Gospel reading of the cleansing of the Temple is an acted prophetic statement by Jesus.  Jesus is objecting to the grand show of piety that insisted on only physically pure animals and coins being used in the Temple sacrifices, while failing to insist on an equal spiritual purity of heart.  Today, we reflect particularly on the theme of “new life through   discipleship”, as suggested by Jesus’ prediction that He would raise the Temple in three days if it were destroyed.  There is a certain irony in these words, from the fact that both the Temple itself, and Jesus’ body, were   indeed both destroyed shortly after this event.  However, whereas Christ was raised on the third day, the Temple, destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD, has not been rebuilt to this day.  This seems to be a radical lesson on the need to get our spiritual house in order as we are getting our physical, financial and material house in order, if we truly wish to find new life through discipleship.  Lent 3b 18