By Sister Catherine Cleary, OSB
We visualize 2 powerful scenes during next Sunday’s readings. In the first reading from Exodus, God gives Moses the 10 Commandments at Mount Sinai. Moses encounters thunder and lightning. Later, in the Gospel of John, Jesus storms into the temple, overturns the tables, scatters the vendors’ coins and thunders, “Take these things out of here, and stop making my Father’s house a market place.”
Jesus reminds the people that authentic worship involves works of mercy and justice of the kind commanded at Sinai. Authentic worship does not involve money or doves … animal offerings … false gods.
And so today we ask: Do I worship my work? Am I too tired or to too busy to pray? Am I too hungry to give up food, or to bring food to the food pantry? Am I too involved in TV or computer games to listen to a friend, to visit the sick? Am I really trying to listen for God’s call?
This is the challenge in today’s readings. We are made in God’s image; do we reflect it?