HOMILY FOR 3RD SUNDAY OF LENT , YEAR B
1 Corinthians 1:22-25
THEME: ARE YOU A TEMPLE OF GLORY?
Beloved in Christ, today we commemorate the 3rd Sunday of Lent with the obligation to reflect on the question”are you a temple of glory?” And this is an exercise that should be done in the context of our rededication to Christ who is the fulfillment of the law.
This reminds us that the law was given so that it will strengthen Israel’s relationship with God and also help organise her social and religious life.
My dear friend, the action of Jesus against profaning the temple reminds us that in the face of evil, we as Christians should not keep quiet or remain indifferent. “For the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” (Edmund Burke)
This call for action is affirmed by the fact that the temple was built for a purpose – God’s house and not a theatre or a lecture hall, etc. And it is important we see the temple for what it is, God’s house and not just our house. Also the perpetual presence of the sanctuary lamp is not for nothing but an affirmation of the Real Presence of Jesus in this place.
Consequently, the anger of Jesus was because the temple had become a place of abuse, oppression and discrimination against the poor. Beloved, most of our Churches today are no different from what Jesus confronted. For they have become places of gossips, fashion centres and a den of hypocrites.
My dear friend, God’s temple is more than a simple Church building; for in the words of St. Paul “You are the body of Christ.” (1 Cor 12:27) Therefore, you have the obligation to radiate the glory of God. And to achieve this, the season of Lent invites us to cleanse ourselves of that which is not leading to God.