Destroy this sanctuary, and in three days I will raise it up

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Year B  -  Third Sunday of Lent

Destroy this sanctuary, and in three days I will raise it up

Destroy this sanctuary, and in three days I will raise it up Catholic Gospels - Matthew, Luke, Mark, John - Inspirations of the Holy Spirit John 2:13-25

13 The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
14 In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables.
15 Making a whip of cords, he drove all of them out of the temple, both the sheep and the cattle. He also poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables.
16 He told those who were selling the doves, "Take these things out of here! Stop making my Father's house a marketplace!"
17 His disciples remembered that it was written, "Zeal for your house will consume me."
18 The Jews then said to him, "What sign can you show us for doing this?"
19 Jesus answered them, "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up."
20 The Jews then said, "This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and will you raise it up in three days?"
21 But he was speaking of the temple of his body.
22 After he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this; and they believed the scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.
23 When he was in Jerusalem during the Passover festival, many believed in his name because they saw the signs that he was doing.
24 But Jesus on his part would not entrust himself to them, because he knew all people
25 and needed no one to testify about anyone; for he himself knew what was in everyone.

Inspiration of the Holy Spirit - From the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Third Sunday of Lent - Destroy this sanctuary, and in three days I will raise it up Stop making my Father's house a marketplace. As it was said in the Psalm long before I came to do my ministry, "Zeal for your house will consume me", Psalm 69:9, so the time came for me to publicly complain about the lack of reverence to God.

It is indeed most important to respect the house of God, and all the persons and things consecrated to Him. I showed my anger on that day, since the Jews were desecrating my Fatherís house. At the same time I prophesied about my resurrection. No one of course could understand, but my apostles remembered those words after the resurrection and their faith became stronger on account of the Holy Scriptures and the words that I spoke.

In God you move, you live and you have your being. You are called to remember that God is always watching you, that there is nothing hidden to him and that you live in His temple, therefore you should be holy as I am Holy.

I called my body a temple, because this is what the body is, the temple of the spirit of God. If you could be more aware of your spirit, you could be inspired to understand that you have to be zealous of that temple in which your spirit dwells.

I am life, the life that exists in the body, I am the spirit that sustains that life, I am the everlasting presence in the temple of life.

For this reason the man and the woman are called to have respect for the body, the temple of life. No wonder I was so upset about the temple of God being turned into a market place, and I was very angry then, imagine the disgusting spectacle I have to watch continually because of the inordinate passions of human beings.

It makes me sorrowful again to think of all the sufferings I had to endure for many souls that are living in perdition and do not accept my call. They are walking straight into hell.

I also feel my disappointment when people come to my temple without reverence, or when they pray and forget to whom they are speaking to. Those who come to me without respect do not achieve anything. I ignore them.

The spiritual person will spend most of the time contemplating spiritual things, by contrast the worldly person becomes engrossed in the temporary pleasures of the world. This is surely the way to perdition unless there is a change.

Only a very pure and humble heart achieves the perfection that gives the continuous gift of being in the presence of God. This is truly the kind of person that touches my heart. To people like that I reveal my words openly, to them I give special graces to follow in my steps and do my works.

My little soul, being good is not good enough. I am asking you to make an effort to eradicate the passions that govern your life, I am asking you in reality to be free of the burdens of this material world by simply repenting of your past sins, by stopping all sinful activity in body and mind to become one of my favorite ones.

Your efforts will be rewarded eternally and you will enjoy my constant presence. You will safely lean on me, and I will grant you peace.

Author: Joseph of Jesus and Mary

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