Called and Sent – Reflection for 4 March 2018
Whoa! Jesus aren’t you just a little extreme? Jesus asks, who are these money changers that they might be permitted in the House of the Lord? Really? Jesus meek and mild, not a raging lunatic? The apostles remember later the prophecy that ‘the zeal for the Lord’s house will consume him’, just as they remembered Jesus decreed that after the temple, his body, was destroyed, it will be raised again in three days! Jesus is not talking about the stone temple, he is talking about his resurrection.
We don’t have money changers in our churches, we have money dispensers for the convenience of the worshippers so that they can pay their tithe. I do that tongue in cheek, but there is truth in it as it does exist.
I started to think, do we have other money lender type things in the church? I think we do, they are just disguised. The disguises vary. This may not agree with your thinking, but thinking is what I hope will happen. Let me give some examples.
I was approached by a parishioner to speak out against the city of San Antonio for closing some hospitals on the south side of the city. She was adamant that I address this issue from the pulpit and write about it and send letters to the city protesting their actions. I refused. Why, because that is not my job. She was indignant about my refusal saying it most assuredly was my job. I then asked her what scripture said my job description was, she looked blank. My job description is to ‘preach the Word of God and the Gospel, heal the sick, teach those who want to know the Word and equip the Saints for the work of the ministry’. Every Sunday in the finial prayer from the Eucharist, we ask God to send us out into the world to do the work He has given us to do.
Come to the table to be fed and filled up and to be encouraged by the preaching and praying. Let all who come be refreshed and assured of God’s love for us. The church is God’s, it is the body of Christ, come to the body and know the love that God has for you.
And all God’s people said, AMEN.