From a Den of Thieves to a House of Prayer


John 2:13-22


When Jesus saw animals and money-

changers in the temple area, He

Was upset.  So He cleared them out of there.

Once again the area had clean air.


Jesus could raise the temple in three days.

He was told that it took forty-six years.

Jesus said His body was a temple.

The disciples understood later on.


This passage is sometimes wrongly used to

Justify a loss of temper.  Here is

One of my father’s impersonations

Of me.  “What do you mean I have a bad

Temper?  I haven’t hit anyone since

Nineteen seventy-five.”  I rest his case.


Patrick McCaskey


Patrick McCaskey is a Vice President and Director of the Chicago Bears, Chair of Sports Faith International, and Chair of WSFI Catholic Radio 88.5, as well as poet and the author of our Sports and Faith Series. He is also a grandson of George “Papa Bear” Halas. Surprising, inspiring, and all very human, Patrick McCaskey’s Poems About the Gospel is a book for all seasons where readers can find a few words of encouragement in every poem. Poems About the Gospel is available from Sporting Chance PressAmazon and select bookstores like the Little Way in Crystal Lake.


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Image: Photo: Fr. Lawrence Lew, O.P. Light on the Rotunda, Shafts of light from the dome of the Rotunda of the building that surrounds the Empty Tomb of Jesus Christ,