Father Csaba’s reflection on the gospel..Friday 9 November 2018
“ Making a whip of cords, he drove all of them out of the temple” John 2, 13
Jesus’s contemporaries loved God ! In fact in the name of their great love of God they also crucified Jesus ! For their people , their church , they were ready for any sacrifice ! Even though it would have been enough nicely, peacefully to pray in a clean, quiet church !
Most of the trouble is caused , that we always want something very much , but we tend to forget about the little things ! In Dés during my first year as a young friar , after the fall of communism everything was “pliable”and after the long oppression we thought we arrived into the promised land , I could also make big statement with great dynamism . Be it said in my favour in that euphoric mood I even thought so ! Then during one lunch dear Father Hugolin as he was listening to my big plans slightly crankily told me that he does not want me to become too fond of him and this world , it is sufficient when I live my room next to his that I turn the light off and shut the door, so that the draft won’t keep on banging the door ! Then I got offended ! I thought how can one create a new world in place of a toppled dictator with such puny minded people ?
Now each time when I leave a room and try to leave everything in nice order dear Father Hugolin wise admonition always comes to mind , that a new world starts with small things ! Here I turn the light off, there I quietly close a door , over there I plant a flower , and I use the house of prayer for what it was built for : for a meeting with my Creator ! In order to reach our goal, we have to get going with small steps in the right direction ! Every knew connection, relationship , that certain new world starts with the small things, that we carry out with great-great love !
translated by dr k.e.
Photo : Saint Therese of Lisieu’s thought- dressed up for our days !
The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money-changers seated at their tables. Making a whip of cords, he drove all of them out of the temple, both the sheep and the cattle. He also poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables. He told those who were selling the doves, 'Take these things out of here! Stop making my Father's house a market-place!' His disciples remembered that it was written, 'Zeal for your house will consume me.' The Jews then said to him, 'What sign can you show us for doing this?' Jesus answered them, 'Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.' The Jews then said, 'This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and will you raise it up in three days?' But he was speaking of the temple of his body. After he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this; and they believed the scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.