Churches and Money
In today’s Gospel (John 2:13-22), our Lord forcibly ejects moneychangers and other commercial operations out of the Temple.
Many people often criticize the financial operations of churches and many of these people invoke this famous incident from the Gospel.
For many, these disagreements about churches and money are really struggles for power.
Some even look upon Churches and religious institutions like any business in the marketplace.
Our Lord’s focus, however, was much different: his focus was prayer, not power, and he was very much opposed to confusing the house of God with a marketplace.
Yes, like a business or a family, Churches and religious institutions need resources in order to maintain themselves and to advance their God-given mission. Moreover, these resources need to be obtained and utilized prudently and with a certain accountability.
But we dare not let ourselves slip down the slippery slope of treating the Church like a marketplace or only like a business.
Whether we are the official stewards of the Church’s resources or simply concerned parishioners, our primary focus must be on the mission Christ gave the Church: to proclaim the Gospel and to make his loving and sanctifying presence felt.
(adapted from a previous post)