By Fr Peter Slack
“Just before the Jewish Passover Jesus went up to Jerusalem, and in the temple, He found people selling cattle and sheep and pigeons, and the money changers sitting at counters there. Making a whip out of some cord, he drove them out of the temple, cattle and sheep as well, scattered the money changers’ coins, knocked their tables over and said to the pigeon sellers,
“Take all this out of here and stop turning my Father’s house into a market.”
Our Gospel story this week sees Jesus really angry.
He was angry because what he saw in the temple was mean and unjust. People were taking advantage of other people. “Take all this out of here and stop turning my Father’s house into a market,” He told the pigeon sellers.
Why was He so angry?
What had happened was that religion had become a business. Animals were needed for sacrifice, so they were sold in the temple precincts. Hebrew shekels were needed for the payment of the temple tax, so money changers were available to change the Roman money for appropriate Jewish coins. By His actions Jesus is saying that everything had changed.
It was no more business as usual.
So also for us.
Lent is a time for spiritual ‘spring cleaning’. What are the things in my life that cloud my vision of God or deafen me to God’s voice?