Saturday, November 9, 2013

Base

For today's Readings

 

FIRST READING
Ez 47:1-2, 8-9, 12

 

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Ezekiel

 

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
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

 

A reading from the first Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians

 

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

 

A reading from the holy Gospel according to John
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.

 



 

The first reading and the response tell me that God provides for my basic needs. A person can never really be poor as long as he/she believes in God.  That person must also live in basic and simplicity.  In the first reading, it mentioned that as long as there is water flowing, there is life.  As it is, I have to find that "flowing water" for me to live.  I do not have to live in too much luxury.  I just have to open my eyes and heart to recognize this "flowing water" God has given me.  Maybe it can be found to the place where I least expect it to be.  I must live a simple life and must be grateful to God for it.



I have been brought up with the thought that my body is the temple of God.  Since it is the temple of God, I must live my life worthy of offering to God.  It is a way of respecting the temple of God.  God build my body and He is living in it.  God is the foundation of my life.  Whatever storm that will come my way, I will be saved because God is with me.



"Stop making my Father’s house a marketplace."  I remembered a priest saying this when there was a commotion with the turnover of the images of the Lady.  I felt that we Parishioners knew that our Church must not be market place.  But somehow we tend to forget this.  We argue that as long as we do not do money-making inside the structure itself, it is okay.  But for me it is not.  It is like a temptation for others.  One example is when my brother was hungry, we cannot control him from heading towards the fishball station right outside the Church.  There are people do not anymore value the sacrifice of waiting an hour to finish the mass.  Another more similar to the Gospel is a Parish in another town.  The Parish is located in the market place.  At the gate there are items sold which include animals.  I wanted to have a slogan, "Ang Simbahan po ay pook-dasalan at hindi tindahan."



The readings are really interconnected.  There is this water that gives and sustain life.  And I have to live my life as God wants me to.

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