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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for August 19, 2019

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MONDAY, August 19

Mark 11:15 Then they came to Jerusalem. And [Jesus] entered the temple and began to drive out those who were selling and those who were buying in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves.

I just love this story, which is euphemistically referred to as “The Cleansing of the Temple.” How are we to understand what’s going on here? Through the interpretive lens of two millennia, we figure Jesus has every reason for his unexpected actions and that the moneychangers get what they deserve. They should know better.

But if we truly believe that Jesus was fully human, I think we can permit ourselves some thoughtful reflection. To lose one’s temper is a very understandable, human thing to do. I wonder sometimes how Jesus felt about losing his temper in the temple, whether or not the money changers deserved his response. I wonder too: Did he come back later and help clean up?

MOVING FORWARD: When was the last time you lost your temper? Were you justified? Did you help clean up when you were done?

PRAY for the Diocese of Sambalpur (India)

Ps 106:1-18 * 106:19-48 | 2 Samuel 17:24—18:8 Acts 22:30—23:11| Mark 11:12-26

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