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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for December 3, 2019

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TUESDAY, December 3

Matthew 21:12 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.

During this time of year, the world enjoys images of a meek and mild baby smiling at his mother. That is not the Jesus we encounter in today’s gospel. What are we to do with this angry young man?

To start, we ought to listen to him. Jesus isn’t just angry—he is zealous, full of hope and concern. He sees a temple where commerce flows freely but God’s mercy is nowhere to be found. He must wake the people and turn their attention to the vision of what God dreams.

But Jesus doesn’t stop with a raucous display. He uses the opportunity to show onlookers what should happen in God’s house. The blind and lame come, and he heals them. You can hear our Lord saying to those standing by: Now go and do likewise. This is the purpose of the temple. This is the only business for God’s faithful.

MOVING FORWARD: What are you doing to clean out the temple of your heart this Advent?

PRAY for the Dioceses of Seychelles (Indian Ocean) and Eastern Oregon (The Episcopal Church)

Ps 5, 6 * 10, 11 | Amos 3:1-11 | 2 Peter 1:12-21 | Matthew 21:12-22

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