Gospel – November 22, 2019 – Luke 19:45-48
Jesus entered the temple area and proceeded to drive out
those who were selling things, saying to them,
“It is written, My house shall be a house of prayer,
but you have made it a den of thieves.”
And every day he was teaching in the temple area.
The chief priests, the scribes, and the leaders of the people, meanwhile,
were seeking to put him to death,
but they could find no way to accomplish their purpose
because all the people were hanging on his words.
Matthew, Mark and Luke each note that Jesus warns of the destruction of the temple and his prediction he will raise it in three days. He wasn’t talking about physical buildings.
I don’t think this Gospel passage today is about the physical either. Jesus is angry (righteous anger) over what is happening to the people. The Sacred (God’s people) are being used by the Pharisees, scribes and leaders – being bought and sold like sacrificial animals or changed out like monies for the advancement of those who should be caring for their souls.
This confrontation has been coming and Jesus chose the time and place. He’s calling each of the leadership to task in a very public forum – because the people love him while the leadership sees him as very dangerous.
This isn’t so much about defiling the Temple building – Jesus was never really concerned with the physical. This is about defiling the true temple of God – our bodies, our souls.
We need to take stock of how we are treating our temple. Are we selling out to the commercial – the World? Or are we keeping the temple holy – dedicated to God?
At least that’s what I heard Him say…