Jesus Cleanses the Temple
The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables. Making a whip of cords, he drove all of them out of the temple, both the sheep and the cattle. He also poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. He told those who were selling the doves, “Take these things out of here! Stop making my Father’s house a marketplace!” His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.”
How do our sanctuaries appear to those who visit?
Are they warm and welcoming
or closed and inhospitable?
Do the greeters on the doors pause in catching up with each other
long enough to welcome the stranger
or do they close ranks and exclude the newcomer?
Who or what are our money hangers and dove sellers?
And what hoops to we require folk to jump through before they can enter?
Is our zeal today for God or is it for the house of God?
What would Jesus do
if he came to our place of worship today?