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Sunday 3rd (B) of Lent

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Gospel text (Jn 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 (…) and 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.» (…).

Jesus cleanses the Temple

EDITORIAL TEAM evangeli.net (based on texts by Benedict XVI) (Città del Vaticano, Vatican)

Today, with the Passion closing in, we’re contemplating Jesus who is energetically expelling the merchants who were occupying the Temple’s “court of the Gentiles”. Jesus Christ attacked the legislation in force, prepared by the aristocracy of the Temple, but did not violate the Law and the Prophets. Against a deeply corrupted practice that became “law” (it was allowed to trade in a place reserved for the Gentiles to pray); Jesus claimed the true divine right of Israel.

Jesus Christ would stir what was contrary to the common worship of God, clearing the worship area for all. In fact, the Temple’s police would not intervene and the authorities were simply asking for a signal that would legitimize to do so. “Destroy this temple and I will raise it up in three days” was his answer: his “signal” is the cross and resurrection.

—The cross and resurrection procure as the One who sets up the true worship. Jesus justifies himself through the passion: this is Jonah’s sign, which He offers to Israel and the world.

Monsignor José Angel Saiz Meneses (until now Bishop of Terrassa) was the first bishop who agreed to collaborate with evangeli.net. He has just been promoted as Archbishop of Seville. The comment for next Sunday ("Good Shepherd Sunday") was written precisely by Monsignor Saiz.

You can read his commentary here