My Internal Jesus – Good News for March 15

15 03 2009

Along the way I’m going to screw up. Hopefully that’s when my internal Jesus will go into action…

John 2:13-25

Since the Passover of the Jews was near, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. He found in the temple area those who sold oxen, sheep, and doves,  as well as the money changers seated there. He made a whip out of cords and drove them all out of the temple area, with the sheep and oxen,  and spilled the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables,  and to those who sold doves he said, “Take these out of here,  and stop making my Father’s house a marketplace.”

His disciples recalled the words of Scripture, Zeal for your house will consume me.  At this the Jews answered and said to him, “What sign can you show us for doing this?” Jesus answered and said to them, 
“Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up.”

The Jews said, “This temple has been under construction for forty-six years,  and you will raise it up in three days?” But he was speaking about the temple of his body. Therefore, when he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they came to believe the Scripture and the word Jesus had spoken.

While he was in Jerusalem for the feast of Passover, many began to believe in his name when they saw the signs he was doing. But Jesus would not trust himself to them because he knew them all, and did not need anyone to testify about human nature. He himself understood it well.

The Daily Path: What would Jesus do if he entered my heart?  Would he be knocking over tables and chasing out the money changer that exists within me?

I think part of conversion, or re-conversion in my case, finds Christ actively inspiring us to look within for changes that can be made in our lives. Perhaps the famous “Catholic Guilt” is based on this awakening. But that brings up another important part of the process… forgiveness.

I know that I am working to live a more holy life. When I say “holy” I don’t mean that I’m going to become a Trappist monk. However, I do want to live a life that is more pleasing to God. In doing so, I’m not trying to constantly scourge myself. What I aspire to is being aware of my behavior and accountable for what I hold to be important in my life. Along the way I’m going to screw up. Hopefully that’s when my internal Jesus will go into action. But I can’t dwell on this (guilt). I have to recognize what’s going on, work to change it, then move on. My definition of “moving on” is asking God for forgiveness then forgiving myself (rebuilding the temple).   

Room to Chat: Want a true test of your ability to live Christ’s teaching? Become a youth baseball coach. Oh, it’s NOT the kids that drive the quiz… it’s the parents. It just occurred to me that I should start a little conversation with God as walk to the field before each game. “God, please help these sorry excuses for parents…” Ouch! Hey! Jesus, I was only kidding. Put that chord away! 😉

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