Sunday 07 March 2021

Bible Book:

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. (v. 15)

John 2: 13-22 Sunday 7 March 2021

Psalm 19


I have always loved cathedral shops, and a pot of tea and a scone in the refectory is an essential part of the visit for me! I justify these indulgences because the money I spend will go to support the mission and ministry of the cathedral.

That was not the case in the Temple at Jerusalem. I imagine the market stalls there would have counted as 'essential' shops in a pandemic because they were providing the goods and services that people needed to offer their sacrifices to God. However, the profits made from the costly exchange rates for temple currency and the inflated prices for the cattle, sheep and doves would most likely have gone into the pockets of the traders rather than into the Temple treasury.

Jesus was angry about this injustice and this lack of fair trade. We have just come to the end of the annual Fairtrade Fortnight when campaigners try to raise awareness about people who are exploited and underpaid. This year there has been a particular focus on climate change, highlighting the fact that farmers and workers in countries such as Kenya, Ethiopia and Honduras, who have done the least to contribute to climate change, are disproportionately affected by it.                      

Jesus’ outburst in the Temple can inspire us to challenge practices and systems that make us angry. Anger can be destructive and dangerous, but it can also be a creative force for change.

To Ponder:

  • What makes you angry?
  • What attitudes or practices would you like to drive out of the Church?


I’m angry about …….., God. I’m raging inside. Show me how to use this energy in a positive way. Amen.  


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