Gospel Reading and Thoughts for November 9, 2014

Gospel – John 2:13-22

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.” His disciples recalled the words of Scripture, Zeal for your house will consume me. At this the Jews answered and said to him, “What sign can you show us for doing this?” Jesus answered and said to them, “Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up.” The Jews said, “This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and you will raise it up in three days?” But he was speaking about the temple of his Body. Therefore, when he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they came to believe the Scripture and the word Jesus had spoken.

 

Christ shows his human emotion in driving the money-changers from the temple. While his anger was all righteous anger, we can relate to the human emotion that He displayed.  Our moods rise and fall with the changes in our day.  We can feel great joy and great sadness in short periods of time.  Perhaps joy in the phone call of a loved one, but sadness when we see a heartbreaking news story.  God created us with these emotions and nothing is wrong with displaying these emotions  – even anger like Christ showed.  But with all of our emotions, they need to be firmly rooted in love.  For even Christ’s anger was out of love for his Father.  When we feel our moods change, we can roll with them – fully experiencing them with the love of God in our hearts.

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