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John 2:13-25: Clearing the Temple

Monday, March 11, 2019

El Greco: Christ Cleansing the Temple

Today’s Gospel from John tells us that: Since the Passover of the Jews was near, Jesus went up to Jerusalem.  He found in the temple area those who sold oxen, sheep, and doves, as well as the money changers seated there.  He made a whip out of cords and drove them all out of the temple area, with the sheep and oxen, and spilled the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables, and to those who sold doves he said, “Take these out of here, and stop making my Father’s house a marketplace” Jesus clears out the holy precinct and turns it over to the one who creates all.  This is an apt reading for the Lenten season because these words call us to the work of our Easter journey.  They call us to clear out the temple of our interior, to make all ready for the indwelling of the Spirit, to prepare for the Word to take up residence within.

Spend some time today with The Jesus Bridge reflection on this blog and examine how we prepare our own temple to receive the Word.  Do some of our relationships need mending?  Do we know someone who looks for companionship as they struggle to put a first foot on the path to reconciliation?  Have we really begun our journey to wholeness?

We remind ourselves that we are all traveling up to Jerusalem with Jesus.  How do we prepare?  What is our attitude as we step off into the morning mist?  And when we reach our destination, are we willing to clear out the temple and rid ourselves of old addictions?  We will only know once we spend some time with God today.

This is a season of journeys and paths. As you reflect, enjoy the photos at this link . . . and begin to clear out the Temple.

You may want to explore amazing paths in: amazing-paths 2019-march 11 images received from a friend earlier this month.

A re-post from March 11, 2012.

Image from: http://www.journeywithjesus.net/Essays/20090309JJ.shtml 

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Sunday, September 8, 2013

imagesCAUA46DLProverbs 2

The Blessings of Wisdom

For the last two weeks we have spent time with the opening chapters of Proverbs reflecting on the nature and blessings of Wisdom.  What does she look like?  Where do we find her?  How do we discern true Wisdom from false?  And what can be gained by sitting at Wisdom’s knee?  The answers to these questions are outlined in Chapter 2 . . . and they are well worth sorting out and sharing.

One of the qualities of Wisdom is that she is both seen and felt.  We turn our ear, incline our heart.  We must listen and empathize.  We must put aside old parameters and open ourselves to the suffering of others.  We put away pat answers and old prejudices.  We unbend our stiff necks.  We thaw our hardened hearts.

Another of the qualities of Wisdom is that she is a treasure more valuable than any imaginable and yet she is under our noses at all times.  She is elusive and yet as tactile as silver.  She is mysterious and yet as clear as daylight.  She brings the security of knowledge, understanding, counsel, rectitude, justice, honesty and discretion.  She saves us from darkness, perversity, crooked paths and those who commit evil.

The meaning of these verses is clear.  Those who succumb to the adulteress are lured away by smooth words.  Those who look for easy relationships with no thought of commitment and no promise of constancy sink down to death.  Closed self-importance and disdain for the pain of others.  Self-reliance and a willful disregard for the vulnerable.  These are the tendrils of unwise thinking that draw us into the crooked paths of the wicked.

Listening and opening ourselves to the suffering of others.  Reliance on God and a willingness to change direction when called by God.  By these paths will we find Wisdom.  We may come upon her abruptly, or we may see her first from afar and struggle to reach her; but no matter the way our path will be made straight.  Those who seek Wisdom are protected by God and by Wisdom herself.   Of this we are assured.

The choice laid before us could not be more stark or more important: we may be cut off from the land and rooted out . . . or we may dwell in the land and remain in it.  These are the blessings of Wisdom. They are many, transforming and vital.  Let us turn the ear, let us incline the heart, and let us call out to Wisdom and seek her like silver.   This is all the security we will ever need.

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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

pathways[1]Proverbs 2:9-11

Wisdom’s Companions

Then you will understand rectitude and justice, honesty, every good path; for wisdom will enter your heart, knowledge will please your soul, discretion will watch over you, understanding will guard you . . .

We somehow believe that Wisdom travels alone or that she resides in some remote, ivory tower when in fact she journeys with friends and lives with her companions.  The names of those in her cohort will not surprise us: Rectitude . . . Honesty . . . Justice . . . Knowledge of the Lord . . . Discretion . . . and Understanding.  Can we say that we have the came companions?

pathways-report_img_9[1]God says: There are many good paths you might follow that will bring you to me and while they vary, they all have something in common. These paths are best found when you first put on honesty, discretion, understanding, rectitude, justice, and knowledge of your God.  The path that nurtures these qualities will also nourish Wisdom for she eats and drinks of these values.  And where you find Wisdom, there also will you find me.

We somehow believe that there is one true path to God’s Wisdom or that there is only one way to know God and yet our experiences tell us that this is not so.  There are many varied passages we humans make as we journey with and to God.  Spend a bit of time today reflecting on the nature of your own journey.  Think about how and where and when you find these companions of Wisdom.  And if this image of your journey and the names of these Wisdom Companions elude you, consider how and where and when you might best encounter them.  For a variety of beautiful journey images, click on the image below or go to: http://blog.zeemp.com/wonders-of-nature-enchanted-pathways/  Also see the Journeys of Transformation tab on this blog.


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