A seventy-something woman recently asked me if my teen son would be interested in working for her construction company and learning the trade. She explained that although she could frame a house “with her eyes closed,” she’d mark every board with her red carpenter’s pencil to guide him. She also emphasized that she properly trains any “newbie” before handing over the power tools.
Today’s readings seem to center around construction. The first shows us how exacting God is with anything he builds. The second clarifies that we “newbies” must be careful how we build upon the foundation that only Christ can lay. The Gospel illustrates what happens when greedy “newbies” get hold of the power tools: They end up reconstructing the temple into a marketplace.
God is the One True Architect. Our job is to be sure we always follow his red-pencil guidance so we build up his Kingdom according to his plans and not ours.
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