Holy Monday: Cleansing of the Temple
Bible Passage: Mark 11: 15-18 “They came to Jerusalem, and on entering the temple area he began to drive out those selling and buying there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who were selling doves. He did not permit anyone to carry anything through the temple area. Then he taught them saying, “Is it not written: ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples’? But you have made it a den of thieves.” The chief priests and the scribes came to hear of it and were seeing a way to put him to death, yet they feared him because the whole crowd was astonished at his teaching.”
Christ's Love: When I return to Jerusalem today and see these shameful practices in the Temple area, I am both enraged and saddened. This is My Father’s House, a sacred ground for Me, for you, and for all of God’s people. I have no choice, I must cleanse the Temple. By cleansing the temple of all its cheating and overall corruption, I directly challenge the hypocrisy of the Jewish religious leaders. In turn, I challenge and confront all people throughout time to turn away from sin, hypocrisy, lying, and cheating.
My blessed child, allow Me to clear out anything that is cluttering the beautiful temple that God created within you. Maybe it is guilt, or judgment, or fear, or insecurity. What is causing you stress or burden today? Please share it with me now and I will relieve your troubles, just as the Lord relieved mine. Offer up now whatever is keeping you from fully experiencing My Love, and I will turn over these tables, creating a clean heart in you.
(Quiet time for prayer and reflection)
Prayer: Lord Jesus, I pray that you are as zealous in purifying me as you were in cleansing the temple. Rid all negativity from my life, knock over my tables of jealousy, cleanse me fully of my insecurities and fears. Release my heart from all that burdens me so that I may live more fully in the light of your glory. Create in me a purified temple so that the Holy Spirit may live in me. Amen
From The Holy Week Meditation: Inspired by the Passion and Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ
Written by Amy Connelly
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