Journey to Daily Prayer – Day 42
Tuesday in Holy Week
“The temple of our hearts”
After Jesus enters into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, he enters the temple to pray. But seeing it’s corruption he violently upturns the tables and kicks out the sinners (Mk 11:15). And in doing so, he seals his fate to be crucified by the chief priests and the scribes (Mk 11:18). As today’s Isaiah reading prophesies, the Messiah will not bring just Israel into right relationship with the Lord, but he will be a “light to the nations” (Is 49:6). So notice Jesus’ reasons for clearing the Temple—the money-changers and merchants had corrupted the place of worship so that it was no longer recognizable as “a house of prayer for all the nations” (Mk 11:17). If you remember, from Ash Wednesday to today, from Abraham to us, one of the Lenten themes has been God’s desire for the nations, the people of the world to know his love. Yet, we are like that corrupt temple. Our corrupt hearts have made God’s love unrecognizable to the lost. Do we desire to be his light to the nations? Because the path to becoming a sanctified people of God is the path of the Cross. To follow Jesus to the Cross is to have him violently clean out our hearts from sin and darkness so that our lives bear witness to God’s love for the World. Would we follow him? Do we desire Jesus to march into our hearts and violently cleanse it from all unrighteousness?
O God, who by the passion of thy blessed Son didst make an instrument of shameful death to be unto us the means of life: Grant us so to glory in the cross of Christ, that we may gladly suffer shame and loss for the sake of thy Son our Savior Jesus Christ; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.