Jesus Cleanses the Temple
Today’s scripture describes the day after Jesus makes His triumphal entry into Jerusalem, when Christ fulfills what is said in Isaiah 56.7, “For my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples”. He healed the blind and lame who came to Him, and cleared out the Temple of those who were making it a place of profit and greed. It is significant that the area that was being used by the money changers was the Court of the Gentiles. It is more significant, I believe, that Christ used this time to demonstrate not only His justifiable wrath but, more importantly, also His compassion, by healing people.
In this scripture I am reminded of the quiet of the churches I have attended and the reverence I felt in those spaces. It is jarring to think of the noise of the animals and money changers in the temple as Jesus entered it. This was a place designed as a place of sanctuary from the secular world, a place for true worship and communion with God. Jesus’ two acts, cleansing and healing, set right what had been defiled by human greed and arrogance in God’s house. I am lifted up because it makes clear to me that God came down to earth to cleanse and to heal, and that His church should be a place of worship and healing for all people who will come to Him.
Stepping Out in Lent –This Lent, I hope you will reflect not only on the beauty of St. Peter’s Church, but also on the need to bring healing and fellowship to our community.
Author – Frank Platt is married to Carol Barr Platt and has a daughter and two sons. He began serving God while in the United States Marine Corps as a lay leader for the Bishop of the Armed Forces. After retiring from the Corps and moving to Tallahassee, he served as a LEM in several local parishes. He and Carol have been active in small groups and currently serve St. Peter’s as LEM’s at the 5:00pm service.