Little Whispers

After Three

First Reading
EZ 47:1-2, 8-9, 12
The angel brought me
back to the entrance of the temple,
and I saw water flowing out
from beneath the threshold of the temple toward the east,
for the façade of the temple was toward the east;
the water flowed down from the southern side of the temple,
south of the altar.
He led me outside by the north gate,
and around to the outer gate facing the east,
where I saw water trickling from the southern side.
He said to me,
“This water flows into the eastern district down upon the Arabah,
and empties into the sea, the salt waters, which it makes fresh.
Wherever the river flows,
every sort of living creature that can multiply shall live,
and there shall be abundant fish,
for wherever this water comes the sea shall be made fresh.
Along both banks of the river, fruit trees of every kind shall grow;
their leaves shall not fade, nor their fruit fail.
Every month they shall bear fresh fruit,
for they shall be watered by the flow from the sanctuary.
Their fruit shall serve for food, and their leaves for medicine.”

Responsorial Psalm
PS 46:2-3, 5-6, 8-9
R. (5) The waters of the river gladden the city of God, the holy dwelling of the Most High!
God is our refuge and our strength,
an ever-present help in distress.
Therefore, we fear not, though the earth be shaken
and mountains plunge into the depths of the sea.
R. The waters of the river gladden the city of God, the holy dwelling of the Most High!
There is a stream whose runlets gladden the city of God,
the holy dwelling of the Most High.
God is in its midst; it shall not be disturbed;
God will help it at the break of dawn.
R. The waters of the river gladden the city of God, the holy dwelling of the Most High!
The LORD of hosts is with us;
our stronghold is the God of Jacob.
Come! behold the deeds of the LORD,
the astounding things he has wrought on earth.
R. The waters of the river gladden the city of God, the holy dwelling of the Most High!

Second Reading
1 COR 3:9C-11, 16-17
Brothers and sisters:
You are God’s building.
According to the grace of God given to me,
like a wise master builder I laid a foundation,
and another is building upon it.
But each one must be careful how he builds upon it,
for no one can lay a foundation other than the one that is there,
namely, Jesus Christ.

Do you not know that you are the temple of God,
and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
If anyone destroys God’s temple,
God will destroy that person;
for the temple of God, which you are, is holy.

Gospel
JN 2:13-22
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, with the sheep and oxen,
and spilled the coins of the money-changers
and overturned their tables,
and to those who sold doves he 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.”
The Jews said,
“This temple has been under construction for forty-six years,
and you will raise it up in three days?”
But he was speaking about the temple of his Body.
Therefore, when he was raised from the dead,
his disciples remembered that he had said this,
and they came to believe the Scripture
and the word Jesus had spoken.


“Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up.” (John 2:19)

REFLECTION

When I was in my fourth year of High School, I was diagnosed with Lung Tuberculosis. It meant having to be quarantined in my room for 3 straight months, which consequently also meant not going to school to see my friends, skipping the High School Dance (which was my biggest project as part of the Student Council), missing the much-awaited Graduation Ball, and almost not marching on Graduation Day. This experience was one of the lowest parts of my life. Before that fateful visit to the hospital, everything in my teenage life was perfect and going smoothly as I planned – I was going to graduate with honors, I was the Treasurer of the Student Council, I was about to hold the most successful fund-raising activity through the High School Dance and soon march with my friends on Graduation Day. 

Instead, my life was suddenly shaken up, along with my plans and my faith. I blamed the Lord for what happened. I thought it was unfair because in my opinion I was a good child of God. Then it hit me, all I was thinking about was myself, my goals, my plans, all “my”. I forgot the Lord. He shook my life as if destroying it and my body, only to bring me back to life again, to the wonderful life He has promised and planned for me, with Him at the center of it. 

Praise God, after 3 months of quarantine and treatment, I was back to normal and to this day, my lungs are clear from the usual scar, as if the Tuberculosis never happened.

In today’s Gospel, we see a different kind of Jesus, contrary to the kind-hearted, patient and merciful, loving God that we often read and hear about. We see someone who making a whip out of cords, overturning tables, driving people away and even shouting. Reading today’s gospel puzzled me at first, why was Jesus behaving like this? Then I realized something. 

God sometimes shakes our lives, challenges us as it to destroy us because He is up to something better and greater. He is just reminding us of His love for us, just like what happened to me during my experience. We must always remember that after all the chaos, problems and suffering that we go through in our life, there is a promise that He will raise us up with Him again.

Prayer

Dear Lord, remind us that when we go through trials and feel down, You will always be there to raise us up with You. Amen.

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