As you quiet yourself for this brief time, be willing to be open to God in whatever way that may take place.
45 Then he entered the temple and began to drive out those who were selling things there; 46 and he said, “It is written,
‘My house shall be a house of prayer’;
but you have made it a den of robbers.”
47 Every day he was teaching in the temple. The chief priests, the scribes, and the leaders of the people kept looking for a way to kill him; 48 but they did not find anything they could do, for all the people were spellbound by what they heard.
Jesus said that in this world, believers will have trouble. One of the reasons why we will have trouble is because we stand for truth. Jesus had trouble from all sides. He spoke truth to the religious leaders of his day and to the political leaders. The thing about truth is that it doesn’t accept or excuse evil from anyone or group. We are becoming a polarized society and it is tempting to criticize some things we do not agree with, but gloss over, or wink at, the evils of the people or groups we like. We will condemn one thing, and turn a blind eye to another. Jesus did not do that. He served God, he proclaimed that which he received from God and that caused trouble from all sides. Jesus cared more for God’s will than service or reward from anyone on earth.
Jesus spoke truth to power. Think of a time you’ve seen this in your life? How did the people in power respond? How have you responded when you’ve been confronted?
Lord, remind us of your power. As the scriptures say, the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but power. As we end head towards the end of our Lenten journey, we ask you to confront us, convict us, challenge and change us. Speak your truth in our lives so that we may be your people in the world. Amen.
Go with God!