Third Sunday of Lent

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Third Sunday of Lent, March 4, 2018 WORD of the DAY   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.” (Jn 2: 13-17) How shall I live this Word? The Gospel of John of this third Sunday of Lent presents us with an unusual Jesus, which we would not have expected, accustomed as we are to the rather “meek” Jesus. Yes, it’s true: no matter how hard we try to soften Jesus’ ‘violent’ gesture, we cannot completely mitigate the force and the vehemence of the Master of Nazareth! Yet, the ‘violence’ of Jesus has a profound reason, because what is involved is truly...