Today’s Gospel reading is the cleansing of the temple, from St John. Here is part of it: ‘The Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple he found those who were selling oxen and sheep and pigeons, and the money-changers at their business. 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. And he told those who sold the pigeons, “Take these things away; you shall not make my Father’s house a house of trade”’.

Here we may like to ponder the cleansing of our own heart, from all that takes us away from true worship. There is a prayer which can be said before the Divine Office which begins like this: ‘Open Thou my mouth, O Lord, that I may praise and bless Thy holy Name. Cleanse my heart from all vain and wandering thoughts …’ Kierkegaard said that ‘Purity of heart is to will one thing’; so often we come to prayer with our minds and hearts filled with a multiplicity of concerns and ideas. May we be open to the grace that can change all that, that we may stand free before our Lord and God in love. May God bless you this day.