Jesus Visits and Purifies the Temple

Today’s Gospel tells of Jesus’ first visit to Jerusalem at the beginning of his public life. In the Gospels of Mark, Matthew and Luke, the cleansing of the Temple is placed at the end of life. The disciples remembered it. the Jesus we know is always calm and never resorts to violence.

However, Jesus finds it intolerable that the temple, which is meant to be a place of prayer, has become a market place. To turn religion into a business is an insult to God. Jesus will not allow it. when the heart of our relationship with God is at stake, no effort is too much for him. He much ensure that the poor have as much access to God as the rich.