Scripture: Matthew 21:12-22
Key verses: (12-13) Then Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who were selling and buying in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer’; but you are making it a den of robbers.”
Reflection: “Stranger Things” has captivated my family this TV Season. We still have a couple episodes of this Netflix show and I am ready for the “Thing” to get what’s coming to it. At some point with a TV Show, you give in to the evil and know that there is a good chance evil will win. That is not how I feel about “Stranger Things”. I am ready for the “evil” to get what’s coming to it. Do you find yourself yearning for the “evil” or the bad ones of a TV Show to face some retaliation?
That might be what we feel when we read this passage from Matthew. The bad people of the Temple get taken out by Jesus. Is it retaliation against a temple system of domination against the poor? Is it anger that worship is not being treated as sacred? What if it is not just about THOSE people but about us? Is it a reminder that we have some stuff that needs to be destroyed in our lives? I don’t know.
What I do know is that we are in the first week of Advent and Jesus is coming. Jesus is coming as a little baby in Bethlehem, a reminder that when Jesus comes, it’s not always how we hope or the way we expect. Jesus comes with grace, forgiveness and peace.
Prayer: In the midst of our Advent preparation, Almighty God, become real to us once again. Speak to us so that we may be open to your presence through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].