Monday’s Reading: Matthew 21:12-22, Mark 11:12-19, Luke 19:45-46, Luke 21:37-38
“Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who sold and bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons. He said to them, “It is written, My house shall be called a house of prayer, but you make it a den of robbers.” —Matthew 21:12-13
After the Triumphal Entry, after the crowds are shouting Hosanna, the following day (Monday) Jesus arrived in Jerusalem and entered the temple. It is not a sweet and peaceful scene. This is kind of a scary one. Jesus only loses His cool one time in Scripture and this is the time. Even when He’s beaten, scourged, and hung on a cross He is in complete composure, but this, this scene in the temple sets Him off, holy anger consumes Him and He’s enraged, overturning tables and chairs, driving out the peddlers, refusing to let anyone carry anything through the temple. Why? Because, as He said, “My house shall be called a house of prayer, but you make it a den of robbers.”
God intended the temple to be a sacred place where man and God commune, but people had turned a holy ritual it into a money-making venture.
Let’s think about this: They had turned a holy ritual into a money-making venture.
When we look to Jesus we see Him ticked off about letting sacred celebrations turn into crass commercialism, turn them into a money-changing event.
FOCUS on the sacred celebration, not the Easter items to buy.
Reflection for today: What material items are most important to you during this season? Is there anything perhaps you could go without this year, for the same of simplifying and keeping the focus on the sacred celebration? Not saying every purchase is forbidden, but consider which purchases are really necessary to help your family, and those around you, FOCUS on Christ.