1 Corinthians 1:22-25
3rd Sunday of Lent
Zeal for your house will consume me. (John 2:17)
If you remember just one thing from today’s Gospel, remember this: you are God’s temple. Just as Jesus cleared the Temple of all corrupting influences, he wants to cleanse us. Just as he was zealous for his Father’s house, he is zealous for each of us—for we are all temples of his Holy Spirit.
But let’s put this story in perspective. Remember how encouraging and supportive Jesus is throughout the Gospels. Remember how much he loves you. Remember, also, that he intercedes for you day after day. Jesus is zealous for us in his passionate love, and there are times when his passion is directed against the sin in us. That’s where we get the phrase the “wrath of God.”
We mar this beautiful temple of our lives when we allow sin to overtake us. Whenever sin rules us in this way, our temple gets a little more darkened, and that upsets the Lord. Of course, his anger is directed against our behavior, not against our hearts. But it is a passionate anger nonetheless.
So let’s choose never to cause the Lord to be angry with us. Let’s make sure that Jesus is first in our lives. Let’s make sure that we do not let any sin enter our lives and defile the temple of our hearts or our bodies. And if we should fall, let’s have the courage and the humility to confess our sins and be reconciled with the Lord. In short, let’s do everything we can to make the temple of our hearts as pure and holy as possible.
Let’s also pray for the courage to evangelize. There are many people in the world who are corrupting their temples. It’s up to us to reach out to them, beginning with our families and friends. We can help them to get right with God so that they can experience the passion of his love and not his wrath.
“Lord, let zeal for your house consume me. Send me into the world with the message of your passionate, all-encompassing love.”~WAU