The gospel challenges us to show up when it’s hard, not pretend false neutrality absolves us of any responsibility for the world around us.
Tearing down the Temple to be agents of love
Before we talk about the Temple coming down, let’s go back a few days, when Jesus showed up at the Temple and started to tear the whole thing down.
Toward the end of chapter 19, it says that Jesus came to the Temple “and began to drive out those who were selling things there”. That’s what it says in this version of the story: “selling things.” Good things, bad things, maybe both: things. In other versions its doves and Temple currency. Here it’s just “things.”
And it makes me wonder how we mistake this as neutral rather than encompassing…
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