Saint Mark Daily Lenten Devotional – March 8, 2015
by Kim Sorrells
Scripture: John 2:13-22
I saw an internet meme some time ago that stated, “If someone asks you ‘What Would Jesus Do,’ remind them that flipping over tables and chasing people with a whip is within the realm of possibilities.” While a humorous thought, maybe even suggesting that we can do that to those who make us mad, the reality is Jesus got angry and sometimes we should too.
Jesus was mad at the injustice he saw. Of course, this was only made worse by the fact that it was in God’s temple. The “money changers” were financially taking advantage of people by creating an unfair rate of exchange into the acceptable temple coins. People were forced to be taken advantage of in order to purchase animals for the sacrifices they needed to make.
This, or course, begs the question: What tables would Jesus flip over today? When do we see our brothers and sisters being taken advantage of? When is it our job to stand up for them and speak out in anger? When are there things in our own lives and hearts that need to be turned over? When do we live unjustly? What dispositions of our hearts, minds or spirits need to be changed and overturned?
During Lent, we take a look at the things we need to change in our lives and our world. Just as Jesus cleansed the temple, during Lent we aim to cleans our lives and our world.
Prayer: God, help us to overturn the tables of sin and injustice – in our hearts, in our lives, and in our world. Amen.