Today's liturgy wants to draw our attention to the Commandments of God, which should help us to see who God is and why He should have a place in our lives.
As we know, the Jews have 613 laws. These are very detailed laws. However, all the major laws are in the Ten Commandments.
The truth is, that man, by himself is not able to complete God's laws one hundred percent. We are too weak. If someone told us that to reach heaven we need only to fulfill the laws, then no one would have anything to complain about, and probably, today, heaven would be empty. In addition to the Triune God and the angels, there would be no one else.
Israel experienced this very thing. The more they tried to fulfill all the commandments the more they failed. And, these failings became more severe.
Therefore, God knowing our sinful nature decided to do something radical. He sent His son into the world that He may fulfill the law, and it was done on the Cross.
Our task is now is to cling to Him and to accept as a gift - His death. To learn to love God, and to devote ourselves completely to Him as the Lord of our life.
It is a sad picture we see in today's Gospel. Jesus goes to the Temple in Jerusalem and sees something terrible. The vast market stalls.
We also hear how upset Jesus was and what He did.
Why did He respond as such?
The Temple is a place of encounter between God and man. Everything else distracts and profanes the place.
Today, is a special meeting place of God with us in our human hearts. God became so close that He wants to live in our hearts.
God wants to be present 24 hours a day.
Am I able to permit such excitement for Him?
Or maybe, as the merchants in the temple, everything else fills my heart, but not God?