For a more enriching experience,
go down on your knees to pray or take it one step further
and prostrate yourself (lay face down) on the floor while praying.
Father, today's reading below is a strong reminder of how I should be taking care of the physical body that You built for me in every all-encompassing way. Before any thing or any place else, my body is my soul's connection to You. What I put into my body, where I take my body, how I direct my body, what my body says, what my body does and what my body thinks is all in what I agree to. First and foremost, I should have my body, mind and spirit in such a state of grace that it is the perfect dwelling space for You.
There are times when I have not aligned my body, mind or spirit with You and shut You out. There are times when I have allowed my body to show up in certain places that are unbecoming to what You created me to be or where You intended me to go. I have allowed my body to do things that You did not purpose it do. I have allowed my body to say certain things that You had no intention of it saying. I am guilty of having associated with certain things that was never my soul's purpose. At no time should I ever allow anyone or anything to corrupt my temple and take me off my intended path that You created for me. I need to remember to cleanse and clear my temple regularly just as Jesus cleansed and cleared the temple from people and things, which were never intended for it to be.
In today's reading Jesus shows us that 'The Temple' He is referring to is His Body. His body is The Temple of all temples because it housed His Spirit, which connected to Your Spirit. My body is the temple of all temples, that should be connecting to Your Spirit. My body is a temple that should be prepared and set-up to house You! I should be one of Your dwelling places and sometimes I shut the door and keep You at bay.
Thank You for this awareness Father, that my body is my temple that connects directly to You, which was purposed to accept and house Your Divine Presence and Holy Spirit within me.
Through Jesus Christ's Precious Blood, Most Sacred Name and Most Holy Face. ~Amen
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John
13 The Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
14 In the temple He found those who were selling oxen and sheep and pigeons, and the money-changers at their business.
15 And making a whip of cords, He drove them all, with the sheep and oxen, out of the temple; and He poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables.
16 And He told those who sold the pigeons, "Take these things away; you shall not make my Father's house a house of trade."
17 His disciples remembered that it was written, "Zeal for thy house will consume me."
18 The Jews then said to Him, "What sign have you to show us for doing this?"
19 Jesus answered them, "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up."
20 The Jews then said, "It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will you raise it up in three days?"
21 But He spoke of the temple of His body.
22 When therefore He was raised from the dead, His disciples remembered that He had said this; and they believed the scripture and the word which Jesus had spoken.
The Gospel of the Lord
Praise to You Lord Jesus Christ
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