When Jesus entered the temple courts, he began to drive out those who were selling. “It is written,” he said to them, “ ‘My house will be a house of prayer’; but you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’” Every day he was teaching at the temple. But the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the leaders among the people were trying to kill him. Yet they could not find any way to do it, because all the people hung on his words.
Reflection. Can you imagine a new pastor arriving in a church and, even before preaching a first sermon, she overturns all the local traditions and throws the elders and stewards out of the building. Well, that would be making quite an entrance and quite an impression.
This is how Jesus begins the last week of his earthly life and follows immediately after he has riden a donkey into the city and been hailed as the coming king by the crowd.
This is Holy Week and we are off to an exciting start. The local leadership thought Jesus was a bit more than a spoil sport. They would be the death of him. Where do we place ourselves in the story?
Prayer. Lord Jesus, please go on upsetting the apple carts. May I be willing to let you overturn what needs overturning in my life. Amen.