(Third Sunday of Lent)
Sunday, March 4, 2018.
By rebuilding yourself, you can reach true happiness.
We must also rebuild humanity, even at the cost of painful efforts, just like God makes every effort in order to rebuild his temple.
God rebuilds his temple. When men abuse or degrade other men (the temple of God), God drives out of the temple “those who sell oxen, sheep and doves, as well as the money changers” (John 2:14). God’s actions, therefore, are done onto himself, because men are the temple of God – even those who desecrate the temple, even those who turn the temple of God into “a marketplace” (John 2:16), into a world where money has more value than human beings.
The same occurs at the individual level, in that, any person who rebuilds himself from the ruins caused by evil is restoring his own goodness and his own righteousness through self-sacrifice.
At the collective level, we all have the responsibility to rebuild humanity, to rebuild the body of God with total commitment and with zeal: “Zeal for your house will consume me” (John 2:17).
But the world objects: ‘”What sign can you show us for doing this?'” (John 2:18). Those who refuse to accept that humanity is the temple try to deny that God lives in us all; they want to believe that God and humanity are the possession of a reduced group of people.
Since God created the world to be the possession of all human beings, we ought to rebuild it whenever it is destroyed: “Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up” (John 2:19).
God rebuilds the temple of humanity by instilling new life in it, whenever life is lost. As our world becomes increasingly desecrated and destroyed by those who promote injustice and oppression, by those who are moved by the greed of money and world domination, God shows powerful signs that will bring about the rebuilding of our world and will raise humanity from death.
Behold the signs: we will rebuild ourselves and our world only when we relate to one another as members of one body, renouncing anything that causes division and oppression among ourselves.
(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco)