Yesterday we thought about the events of Palm Sunday and Jesus coming into Jerusalem with his Disciples and other followers. He did go to the temple at night but it was quiet, so he left for Bethany.
So today, Jesus and the Disciples left Bethany and headed back to the temple in Jerusalem. On arrival, amidst the hustle and bustle of activity, Jesus got angry and started turning over the tables of the money lenders and other traders. I do find it interesting that Jesus himself wasn’t arrested, but no, instead he taught the people that the temple was a house of prayer and not a den for thieves. (Mark 11:15 – 19). Meanwhile the teachers of the law heard of this, and because they were scared plotted against Jesus. The crowd on the other hand were amazed.
Today we have seen similar things that have made us angry, and the impact that can have on others. Because of the temple activities prayer and other such activities would be difficult, if not impossible amongst all that activity. And we as we look back on the past 12 months of upheaval, we saw people panic buying, supermarket shelves empty, people who are in need unable to get even the basics. People taking items from the foodbank boxes, which indirectly puts pressure on our foodbanks. We look back and think at what a year it has been.
It is fine to get cross about our current situation, God hears this and helps us. Jesus went out into the hills to reflect and pray. We are in a position to be able to reflect and pray, just at home.. I am also reminded by one of my many conversations today that when we come out of this crisis, our world will have changed, we will have changed. The opportunities that will present themselves should be grasped. John Whimber, once said that we should take our negatives, turn them into positives and use it to help others. Be church in our communities at this time not only during Holy Week, but for all time.
May God bless you all
Pastor Sean Worsley, The Methodist Church Norwich Circuit