In today’s Gospel, we hear and see Jesus chasing the vendors out of the temple: “stop making my Father’s House a marketplace.” The Early Christians were not perfect, but as a community they tried to seek the best way to live the Christian life. How about us today? We are not perfect but do we try our best to live a Christian life. Amidst the busyness of our lives, we are challenged even to make Mass every Sunday. But that may be because we let society’s norms dictate our lives (turning Church into a marketplace) rather than Jesus’ teachings (love one another). Jesus is always present to guide us, especially through the Eucharist. What we need is to abandon the notion that we can control everything and allow Jesus to guide our words, thoughts and actions. In this way, Jesus will bring renewal to our lives, our marriages, our families, our businesses and schools and parishes, and our nation. Let our prayers and sacrifices during Lent bring a renewal of faith to our lives.

“Live justly, love tenderly, andwalk humbly with your God.”
Micah 6:8