This week’s lectionary gospel is John 2:13-22. SPR member Sandy Archer shared the following reflection on the passage in the 1995 SPR Lenten Devotional Book.
During the Lenten season we normally try to give up something, something that we normally like to do, something we feel would be a sacrifice for God. To show that we can give up something that might be unhealthy and unhelpful in our lives.
The verses I reflected on are, “The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves and the money changers seated at their tables. Making a whip of cords, he drove all of them out of the temple, both the sheep and the cattle. He also poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables.” (John 2:13-15)
We do not have moneychangers in the church per say, or is selling greeting cards, jelly beans, Easter Lilies and Poinsettia plants, or baked good put in this category of moneychangers, even if the money is going for good causes?…I really do not believe that this is in regards to this, but in the fact that this church, St. Paul-Reformation, is God’s house. We do not need to come here to be counted by each other, but for the fact of worshiping and praising God. The strongest feeling I can recall, was walking to church on Sunday morning. I do not remember how old I was, probably an early teen, but I no longer felt the pressure of having to go to church because of school, confirmation classes, or because my parents said I had to go. I had that feeling that I wanted to go, I needed to go for myself, even if no one else in my family went, even if I walked there alone. I went, and I felt good inside and this made my week complete. There is something (someone) that draws me back to this church, over and over. We are constantly being put to the test over the things we want in this world. Things we think we need to have to make our lives more fulfilled when all we need is faith in the Lord, and we will know that all these earthly things do not matter.
Dear Lord, help us to keep on the right road through life, and always remember the messages that we grew up with. There is a need and a fulfillment that we get when we know that we can worship you on Sundays and every other day of our lives.