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We need to avoid the business mentality of loss and profit in Divine worship.

Posted in homily by frtonys on November 19, 2021

Today’s Gospel we see Jesus’ cleansing the Temple in Jerusalem. He drove out its merchants and moneychangers out of God’s House of Prayer. These people were exploiting of the poor pilgrims in the name of religion. The merchants charged exorbitant prices for the animals to be sacrificed, and the moneychangers charged unjust commissions for the required exchange of pagan coins for Temple coins.

The abuses that infuriated Jesus were: the conversion of a place of prayer into a noisy marketplace, and the unjust business practices of animal merchants and moneychangers encouraged by the temple priest. Enraged, Jesus made a whip of cords and drove away the animals, the dealers and the moneychangers, quoting the prophets, Isaiah and Jeremiah, “Stop making my Father’s house a marketplace”

Our Church is the place where we come together as a community to praise and worship God, to thank Him for His blessings, to ask pardon and forgiveness for our sins, and to receive His offered healing and nourishment. We need to avoid the business mentality of loss and profit in Divine worship.

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