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Couples who may be experiencing trouble in their marriage are invited to attend an area Retrouvaille Weekend, scheduled for Friday, March 16, through Sunday, March 18. For more information, email, or call (225) 993-2443.

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Prepared for Prayer

prayer march18What do you see when you enter your parish church? What do you smell, and what do you hear? Is your gaze drawn to the altar, to stained glass, statuary, or do you first notice others who have gathered to worship with you? Perhaps your senses are enlivened by the familiar scent of burning candles, the lingering presence of incense, or the mystery that accompanies silence and subdued lighting. Maybe—in such a welcoming environment—you respond in prayer. Faithful first century Jewish worshipers gathered at the temple. “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” (John 2:13-14). So, how did the Lord respond?


“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.’ At this the Jews answered and said to him, ‘What sign can you show us for doing this?’ Jesus answered and said to them, ‘Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up.’ The Jews said, ‘This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and you will raise it up in three days?’ ” (John 2:15-20).


As the Great Teacher, Jesus often employed literary analogy to illustrate ancient truths. Literalists heard his words and believed the Lord was talking about the structures that towered above them. He wasn’t. He was speaking of himself. “He was speaking about the temple of the body. Therefore, when he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they came to believe the Scriptures and the word Jesus had spoken” (John 2:21-22). To a greater truth, Jesus spoke of his Passion. Through an immediate reality, he “cleansed the temple,” readying it once again for worship and prayer. In this season of deep and meaningful reflection, we ready ourselves for all the Lord prepares for us, as well.


Photo of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church, Paincourtville LA: Courtesy of The Catholic Commentator, Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge.

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