This Sunday we get something so incredible in the Gospel reading. But it's also really easy to overlook. In this Gospel, we get to see the rich humanity of Jesus. What does he do? He goes into the temple . . . he goes into the temple, and he sees that the temple is being abused, right? He sees that it's being mistreated. And so, he goes out, and he makes a whip out of cords. And he comes in and clears the place out—drives the people out of the temple. And then, it says later in the Gospel passage that many people are starting to believe in him because of all the wondrous deeds he's doing. And Jesus says, “I don't trust them.” Jesus doesn't trust them because he knows, “Yea, they believe in me now because they see these wonderful things I'm doing, but in a short time, they're going to turn on me.”
Distrust. Anger. We just see this richly human side of Jesus, and I think it's really important. Because even though we say Jesus was fully man, he is fully God . . . do we really believe it? And do we really believe that Jesus was fully human? I think there's times when we don't act like it because we think there's parts of our lives that are too human for Jesus. There's parts of our lives that we can't invite God into because it's just too human.
This week in BEST LENT EVER, Matthew's going to talk about some of the ways we are richly human. He's going to talk about our beliefs—how sometimes we don't even know what we believe. And even when we do, our actions don't always align with our beliefs.
He's going to talk about some other richly human aspects of our lives: our appetites, our impulses. And the thing is, I think it's easy for us to think, “You know what, God can't come into these richly human parts of our lives. He can't come into my impulses. He can't come into my desires. He can't come into my appetites.” But this Sunday's Gospel reminds us that no, Jesus was richly human. He wants to come into your temple. He wants to be a part of your trust issues. He gets it. He wants to come into your appetites and your desires and your impulses.
So I think a great question for us to ask ourselves is, “What part of my life have I not invited God into?”
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God wants to cleanse the temple of your life.
Read today’s Gospel (John 2:13–25), and reflect on what Jesus might be trying to turn upside down in your life.
Jesus, show me that nothing is too big for you, and give me the courage to surrender my life to you.
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