Once, when Jesus went to the temple courts in Jerusalem he found it being used as a marketplace. People were busy selling their animals and money changers doing business behind their tables.
Jesus made a whip and drove them all out, overturning their tables and removing their animals saying, “Take these things away from here! Do not make my Father’s house a marketplace”. (John 2:16b)
There are many ways to show our great love for Jesus; building and caring for a place of worship or even devoting a small corner in one’s own home to display religious images and pray, are just a couple.
If Jesus came to my house to spend a day or two,
if he came unexpectedly, I wonder what I’d do!
Oh, I know I’d give Him my best room,
and I’d keep assuring Him I’m glad to have him there.
But when I’d see him coming, would I meet him at the door,
with arms outstretched to welcome, my Loving Friend.
Or would I have to change my clothes before I let him in,
hide some magazines and put some Holy Images where they would be seen?
Would I turn the TV off and hope he hadn’t heard,
whilst wishing I hadn’t uttered that last, loud word of despair?
If Jesus, my Saviour, spent a day or two;
would I go right on doing the things I do and say the things I say?
Would I be glad to have Him meet my closest friends
and take Him everywhere I go?
Or would I sigh with relief when He leaves and goes elsewhere?
Prayer: The Sick
Lord Jesus Christ,
you bore our sufferings and carried our sorrows.
In order to show us clearly,
the value of human weakness and patience,
graciously hear our prayers for the sick.
Grant that those who are weighed down,
with pain and other afflictions of illness,
may realise that they are among the chosen ones,
whom you call blessed.
Help them to understand,
that they are united with you in your sufferings,
for the salvation of the world. Amen.