Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Lenten Reading Mark 11: 1-33

Mark 11: 1-33

Two seemingly contrasting stories. Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem followed by his messianic act of cleansing the temple, that corrupt shrine dedicated more to Herod than to God.

When Jesus “cleansed” the temple, I think he was saying that “sacrifices were no longer required. I am the sacrifice. Human made shrines will fall to dust, but I will live forever. And through me, you will too.”

Jesus was breaking down everything that stood between us and God. It was a rebuke of the human impulse to power and glory. He was saying that God cannot be caged, that God is everywhere people need God. God’s Holy Temple was in Jesus, and now in us, the Body of Christ. Everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord, everyone claimed by Jesus for God’s upside down kingdom is God’s Temple.

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