45 And he entered the temple and began to drive out those who sold, 46 saying to them, "It is written, `My house shall be a house of prayer'; but you have made it a den of robbers." 47 And he was teaching daily in the temple. The chief priests and the scribes and the principal men of the people sought to destroy him; 48 but they did not find anything they could do, for all the people hung upon his words.
We are familiar not only with the purification of the Temple, but also the consequence that Jesus has to face in later days. The death for Him was not a failure, but a successful accomplishment of the will of the Father, that the whole humanity may have the hope and new life in this death. It is here that we are called to meditate and contemplate. Jesus defines ‘Temple’ as a place of prayer. Since prayer is a dialogue between two persons in love, the ‘Temple’ de facto becomes a place of encounter.
Saint Paul says that we are the Temple of the Holy Spirit and the place where God resides. Thus, we are intrinsically called to favourite this divine encounter within ourselves. Rather to say, make this divine encounter an actuality of our daily life. Unless and until we are capable of actualising this divine encounter within ourselves, we can never be able to transform a human encounter into a divine encounter.
To make this into a reality, we are called to purify this Temple, our heart, as Jesus has purified the Temple of Jerusalem. We need the courage to drive out all the unnecessarily elements which we have accumulated in our hearts. Without this purification and conversion, we can never participate in the death of Jesus, which gives us a direct access to the Resurrection, the eternal life.