Until today, every time I have read Luke’s account of the cleansing of the Temple I have focused on Jesus’ righteous anger at the money lenders. Today for the first time I realized that Jesus was able to take this outrageous action without suffering any harm not because he was tolerated by the leaders of the Temple, but rather because those leaders feared the wrath of the simple people that understood the teaching power of Jesus.
The pharisees knew at that point that they couldn’t succeed in stopping Jesus unless they could get help from one of his apostles, since they needed to learn when he would be away from the crowds who would protect him.
Jesus entered the temple area and proceeded to drive out
those who were selling things, saying to them,
“It is written, My house shall be a house of prayer,
but you have made it a den of thieves.”
And every day he was teaching in the temple area.
The chief priests, the scribes, and the leaders of the people, meanwhile,
were seeking to put him to death,
but they could find no way to accomplish their purpose
because all the people were hanging on his words.
This reading makes me realize that we, the people of God, have enormous potential to spread the gospel if only we have the courage. This troubled world we live in needs Jesus desperately. We have the power to change the world.
Power to the people.