Now the Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. And he found in the temple those who sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers doing business. When he had made a whip of cords, he drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen, and poured out the changers’ money and overturned the tables. And he said to those who sold doves, “Take these things away! Do not make my Father’s house a house of merchandise!” (John 2:13-16)
He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer’; but you make it a den of robbers.” (Matthew 21:13)
Jesus, please show us clearly any non-essential “churchy” stuff that has crept into the life of our parish and give us the will to get rid of it.
Holy Father, help us turn our parishes into powerhouses of prayer. Move your people to intercede for one another, the communities, and their families.
Holy Spirit, cleanse the temples of our bodies. This is not something that we can do on our own — we need your help to do this.
Sunday: 93, 96 * 34; Gen. 44:1-17: Rom. 8:1-10: John 5:25-29
HC: John 2:13-22; Romans 7:13-25; Exodus 20:1-17; Psalm 19:7-14
Monday: 80 * 77, ; Gen. 44:18-34: 1 Cor. 7:25-31: Mark 5:21-43
Notes from the Front Line
***** Start now reading and reflecting on the lessons for Sunday so that you can receive all that God has for you (John 6:4-15; Ephesians 2:4-10; 2 Chronicles 36:14-23; Psalm 122).
***** Date: Sat, 10 Mar 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily Quote…
As I write this, I am flying to Buffalo. My feet are freezing! I am praying for the homeless who’s entire bodies are freezing, and whose souls are lost. Since praying, my feet are strangely warmed. TBTG. Matthew 10:6 writes, “Go then to the lost sheep of Israel.”