"I was asked to make a reminder announcement before the final hymn at this weekend's masses, encouraging folks to go to the parish hall where they could (a) purchase tickets to the religious education department's pasta dinner; (b) purchase gift cards to a local supermarket, which benefit the parish school; (c) sign up to participate in the clothing drive; and (d) drop off donations to the food pantry. The parish hall, not surprisingly, looked a little like a bazaar, if not a shopping mall.
Today's gospel was John 2:13-22, which begins: In the temple courts he found men selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money. So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple area, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. To those who sold doves he said, "Get these out of here! How dare you turn my Father's house into a market!"
Some days, you gotta just roll with it."
Context is praying for a receipt.