Week beginning Sunday 7th March 2021
We’d like to invite you to join with others in our congregation to pray together through Lent, knowing that we can feel connected to each other by knowing that others will be praying with us.
Each week we shall reflect and pray over the lectionary passage for the week, following the same format: a Bible reading, a question(s), a prayer and an action.
Before you begin to pray, find a comfortable, quiet place to sit — perhaps light a candle. If it’s helpful to you, perhaps establish a rhythm by praying at the same time each day.
Week 3: beginning Sunday 7th March 2021
As I begin to pray, I pause to be still;
to breathe slowly, to acknowledge that I am in the presence of God.
Jesus Cleanses the Temple
The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables. 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. He told those who were selling the doves, “Take these things out of here! Stop making my Father’s house a marketplace!” His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.”
The Jews then said to him, “What sign can you show us for doing this?” Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” The Jews then said, “This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and will you raise it up in three days?” But he was speaking of the temple of his body. After he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this; and they believed the scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.
Questions to Consider
What was it about the goings on at the temple that made Jesus so angry?
Does He find anything in our Church to anger Him?
We pray for the Body of Christ, His Church, that we all may receive the grace to recognise that we are one, so curb us from the tendency to division. Help us to cherish one another as we live the loving way of Your commands. Obedient even to death, Jesus strengthens us in all goodness. Amen.
Think about people you hardly speak with and some who hardly speaks with you. Yes, even in our Church this goes on. Vow to do something about it when the opportunity arises and in the meantime pray and pray and pray!