Sunday, March 7, 2021
Third Sunday of Lent
Godspel according to John 2:13-25
Since the Passover of the Jews was near, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. He found in the area of the temple those who sold oxen, sheep and doves, as well as the money changers sitting there. He made a whip with ropes and drove them all out of the temple area, along with the sheep and the oxen, and overturned the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables, and to those who sold doves he said: "Get them out of here, and stop making my father's house a market. " His disciples remembered the words of the Scriptures, Zeal for your house will consume me. To this the Jews answered and said to him: "What sign can you show us to do 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 pick it up in three days? But he was talking about the temple of his body. Therefore, when he rose from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they came to believe the scriptures and the word that Jesus spoke. While in Jerusalem for the Passover feast, many began to believe in his name when they saw the signs he was making. But Jesus did not want to trust them because he knew them all, and did not need anyone to testify about human nature. Himself understood it well.