God is the Center of Our Lives

Reflection for the Third Sunday in Lent by FAN Board Member, Sr. Marge Wissman, OSF

This reflection was originally posted in our March 1st newsletter

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The readings for the Third Week of Lent impress upon us that God is the Center of our lives. The commandments given through Moses to the Israelites are signposts meant to point the way toward authentically living out this reality. Jesus also reminds the people to make God the center of their lives when he encounters the sellers in the temple. In Matthew, Mark and Luke’s gospels Jesus admonished the sellers by telling them that “This is a house of prayer.” But John’s retelling in his gospel is more forceful and goes further, saying that Jesus made a whip to drive out the sellers with their goods and animals that were being sold and turned over the money changers’ booths. Also, during John’s portrayal, Jesus says that he will rebuild the temple in 3 days which was a reference to his passion and resurrection and not rebuilding the temple. The Jews did not understand his prediction and asked where he got the authority to throw out the sellers. But his prediction proved true in three days with his resurrection.

The scriptures that were written years ago are passed down to us today, so we can perhaps apply them to actions in the present time. When contemplating Jesus expelling the sellers for turning his house into a market place, I was reminded of the attack on the Capitol building on January 6th. In that attack, God was not the Center of the attackers’ lives. Moses’ prediction that the commandments were a signpost for authentic living also proved to have been forgotten. Several of the commandments were not reverenced on that day especially: Honor your father and your mother, You shall not kill, You shall not steal. What would Jesus have done if he had been at the Capitol building that day? During this attack, God was not the Center of the insurrectionists’ lives.

In the Gospel event, the Temple is a sacred building but is a building that can be replaced. The Capitol is a revered building but it too is still a building. Memories of what happened here will never be forgotten by those living today and will go down in history as a violent event.

God never gives up on us and God’s truest intention for creation is always aimed toward love and life. We read in Genesis that God looked on creation as very good. God’s intention is to be the Center of our lives and hopefully in all our lives God wins that center space.

Sr. Marge Wissman, OSF
FAN Board Member

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