Lent is a Time of Cleansing

3rd Sunday of Lent

Jesus, who is known to be meek and humble of heart, suddenly became angry in today’s Gospel by seeing what was going on in the temple. His righteous anger moved him to act by cleansing the temple. Jesus came to this world not only to cleanse the external temple, but also our heart which is the temple of the Holy Spirit.

Lent is a time of cleansing. Many people are breaking the Ten Commandments in the present time like that of the people of the Old Testament period. There is an urgent need to cleanse both the physical and the spiritual temples. Our bodies are living temples of the Holy Spirit. Sin destroys the sanctity of our body and soul. The Lord offers to cleanse us through the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

For us Christians, “Christ crucified is the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.”   (1 Cor. 1:24-25) May our Lenten observances of prayers, sacrifices and penance serve as powerful tools in fighting against the evils in our hearts and in our society.

Fr. Sunny Punnakuziyil, MSFS

Pastor, SJN