Cleansing of the Temple

An End to Business As Usual

Photography © by Andy Coan

Religion is not supposed to the opposite of spirituality.  But sometimes religion becomes a cold routine, even a business.  The Lord’s cleansing of the Temple spells the end of business as usual.  Our religion must be a matter of living faith, zeal and fidelity to the Ten Commandments. This post is a reflection on the readings for the Third Sunday […]

The Connection Between the Ten Commandments and the Cleansing of the Temple

Photography © by Andy Coan

When it started, all was fresh and new. An unnamed but mighty God freed a motley crew of slaves and offered them a new way of life in a new land. Most importantly, he offered them a privileged and exclusive relationship with Himself. In the ancient world, most nations worshipped their own god and believed themselves to have a special […]

When Heartfelt Zeal Becomes Ritual Routine

Photography © by Andy Coan

Editor’s Note: Reflection on the Mass readings for the 3rd Sunday of Advent (Year B) – Exodus 20:1-17 or 20:1-3, 7-8, 1; Psalms 19:8, 9, 10, 11; First Corinthians 1:22-25; John 2:13-25. This series appears each Wednesday. Fresh and New When it started, all was fresh and new.  An unnamed but mighty God freed a motley crew of slaves and […]