All Saints Messenger - March 1, 2018

posted Mar 14, 2018, 11:34 AM by Church Secretary
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Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,

Further reflection on this week's gospel reading suggests that there are standards or principles by which God operates. When these principles or standards are violated, God acts. Why else would Jesus act so harshly?
As Jesus disrupts the marketing in the temple, might Jesus be saying to us that some of the disruptions in our lives, in the nation and in the church are acts of God to redirect our paths? It is hard to know one way or the other. What we can affirm is that Jesus can be a disruptive force.

After he cleansed the temple, Jesus was asked about his authority for taking this drastic action. His response did not directly answer their questions, and their interpretation of his response was also amiss. This drives home a point that all who wish to follow Jesus must
continue to seek to understand his word, and strive to walk in obedience.

In my imagination I stand in the Temple courtyard, as the young Rabbi from Galilee enters. I notice the courtyard, the sounds, the smells, the rattle of coins on the tables, the reek and cries of the animals. I watch Jesus, see the blood rush to his face. He has come to reverence the temple and to pray. Instead he finds all the focus is on business. Suddenly I sense a whirlwind of anger as he whips the hucksters and scatters their money. This is a new side of Jesus and it shakes me. I stay with it.

Lord, help me to understand your word to me. Amen.

See ya Sunday!