March 7, 2021
Jesus, with righteous anger, cleanses the Temple, protesting the corruption of the Sacred Institutions of His people. We are facing much corruption today, including in the Church. What lessons can we learn from Jesus about how to fight this effectively?
- The root of corruption is sin and only God can bring about the effect of lasting triumph.
- Jesus was acting with righteous anger against the hypocrisy within the Temple and scared institutions.
- To root out our corruption, we must seek God’s will and be attentive to His timing to act.
- To root out our corruption is to follow Jesus ‘s example of ‘building up’ and not ‘tearing down’ which makes things worse.
- To root out corruption is to use Jesus’s example of good strategy which is divine love – self-giving and sacrifice.
- At the moment of Offertory in the Mass, we can help bring about the renewal of the Church and the triumph of His kingdom.
In the Gospel today, Jesus is reacting against the corruption in the temple, the buying and selling, but the corruption is not just in the temple, but the sacred institutions of God’s people that had been corrupted. At the root of corruption is sin. Only God can root this out, this problem, from its roots. Only He can bring about the effect of lasting triumph. We see Jesus acting here with righteous anger.
It’s not always easy for our anger to be righteous anger, there’s a danger of the devil using our anger to corrupt us. The hatred of evil becomes a hatred of persons, and Satan ends up winning. The first point Father makes is that if we really want to root out corruption, we need to seek God’s will and obey God. The second point is that Jesus builds up, not just tears down. The most important part is building up. The third point is the strategy of Jesus for fighting corruption is a strategy of divine love. A strategy of self-giving more than anger. We can offer the pain and the sufferings that the corruption we are dealing with today in union with the sacrifice of Jesus to bring about the triumph of God.