It makes rather impression to see in Jesus’ hands , the whip of cords with which, the son of God turns the merchants out
of the temple. It makes impression to see the wrath of Jesus that rails in front of merchants and money changers. The Gospel of the third Sunday of Lent is not only impressive, but also challenging.
“ do not make of my Father’s house a marketplace. What is the market that scandalizes Jesus?
No doubt reading this page ask our way to run our churches, if they are
The Holy Father Francis is getting back from his trip in Asia, where, as he also stressed many times, he visited Sri Lanka and Philippines Churches to strengthen their faith, to be present where poorness and conflicts lie, and to spur the to act as way to peace and dialogue.
It’s impossible to stress some segments without excluding some others equally important…
Making a sum up would end up being embarrassing. Suffice it to think to the crowds shown by the TV, the centres and the outskirts, the heads of state and the poor…
In an ad-lib speech, obviously in Spanish, Pope Francis gave us three words to live as Christians: head, heart, hands.
All the faithful recited the Rosery and Litany in Tamil and Sinhala languages before the arrival of the holy father at the shrine of Our lady of Madhu. Then Papal Anthem was sung as His Holiness Pope Francis arrives to the main portico of the Shrine and welcomed of His holiness Pope together with the Bishops.
After that welcome speech done by the Bishop of Mannar.
Prayer service began by the Holy Father and we listen to the small Scripture Reading taken of Mt 5:4.9-10
"Happy are those who morn; god will comfort them!
Happy are those who work for peace; God will call them his children
Happy are those who are persecuted because they do what God requires;
The kingdom of heaven belongs to them."
Then Holy Father address all the Faithful and said :
“We are in our Mother’s house.