March 30th, 2003
4th Sunday of Lent

"Requirements of truth"

   Jesus entered the Temple and drove out people who were selling oxen, sheep and pigeons.  He also drove out the moneychangers.  He said to them:  "It is written,  'My house shall be called a house of prayer', but you made it a den of robbers."
   What happened on the next day?  We can only guess:  the next day traders came back to the Temple.  Drove back the oxen, sheep, put up the cages with pigeons.  Moneychangers lifted the overturned tables, sat behind them and kept on trading.
   I dare to assume that at least one of the tradesmen didn't show up, didn't drive in his oxen or sheep to the Temple. I dare to assume that at least one moneychanger didn't come back, didn't sit behind his table and didn't show up the following day.  At least one didn't ever show up again.

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   We -- the participants in the Holly Mass, we - the listeners of God's Word, do we accept it or not?  Do we take it personally or not?  Do we treat it as if it is aimed at us or don't we even notice it?  Does God's Word confirm our views?  Does it reinforce our former and present actions?  Or, maybe, it puts us to shame, or disturbs us?  Do we react to it in any way at all?
   Everyone faces a danger of becoming a bigot, a danger that the phrase:  "He has beads about his neck and the devil in his heart", will refer to him or her. 
   You have to strive to make a connection between your prayers and your life, strive to bond your piety with your everyday actions.  So there's no discord between your church, your home and your place of work. 
   In other words, your piety should be authentic, so that the Mass, the services and prayers are not like foreign objects in your everyday life, so they do not seem detached from your life.
   Otherwise we'll resemble those tradesmen who came back to their tables.


    translation: Monika Darron