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God’s temple is sacred, and you together are that temple.» (1 Corinthians. 3:17)

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When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple courts he found people selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money. So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple courts, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! Stop turning my Father’s house into a market!” His disciples remembered that it is written: “Zeal for your house will consume me.” The Jews then responded to him, “What sign can you show us to prove your authority to do all this?”Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.” They replied, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and you are going to raise it in three days?” But the temple he had spoken of was his body. After he was raised from the dead, his disciples recalled what he had said. Then they believed the scripture and the words that Jesus had spoken. (John 2:13-22)

“Get these out of here! Stop turning my Father’s house into a market!”

The Gospel presents us with an unseen Jesus, one we would not expect. He went to the temple as he had done so many other times for prayer; the Passover was approaching.  He found people selling oxen, sheep, doves, and there sitting money changers. Those people had mistaken that place designated for prayer and meeting with God for a market. So Jesus took cords and drove everyone out of the temple, admonishing, "Take away all these things and do not make my Father's house a marketplace." Harsh words, accompanied even by the gesture of overturning the benches of the money changers.

Why did Jesus accomplish that?

For He wants to remind them that the temple is God's dwelling place. What Jesus did immediately provoked a question from the Jews, “What sign can you show us to prove your authority to do all this?” (Jn 2:16). Jesus then removed the veil and said, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.” (Jn 2:19). Jesus' words are prophetic.

Jesus clearly states that He is the temple of God. God's dwelling place is no longer in a temple, but Jesus' body is the true dwelling place of God. He will be put to death, but on the third day He will rise again. It is precisely by virtue of His death and resurrection that our heart, sometimes clogged with so many wares, filled with so many idols, with bad compromises, defiled by so many sins, can be freed from that which soils it and takes away beauty. Jesus cannot stand for our heart to become a market stall, but wants it to be the place where God dwells.

In a passage in Vol. 33, March 11, 1934 Luisa states that the soul in grace is the temple of God. When the soul lives in the Divine Will, God becomes the temple of the soul and the soul becomes the temple of God.

Many times God finds Himself in these temples as in stone temples. He is unattended, not loved as He should; and the little lamp of the continuous love of the creature, which the creature should keep in homage to her God who dwells within her, without the pure oil is extinguished. So the temple collapses and is occupied by the enemy who profanes it and makes havoc of it.

When God becomes the temple of the soul, the creature is not exposed to danger, enemies cannot approach, passions lose their life, the soul, forms the little lamp, alive, always burning, without ever becoming extinguished, with the perennial love that she draws, receives and feeds on.

In this temple, God occupies His royal place, His Will is fulfilled; the soul prays, loves, lives by Divine Will, she substitutes for Jesus' Humanity on earth, she calls the whole army of divine works to form God’s cortege and always ends up saying:

“Your Will be known and loved, and may It reign and dominate in the entire world.”

So, all the yearnings, the longings, the interests, the cares, the prayers of this soul living in the divine temple, are for the Fiat to embrace all, put all the evils of creatures aside, and with Its omnipotent breath form Its place in the hearts of all, so as to make Itself life of each creature.

Antonella Bucci
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