Luke 19:45-48 NIV
When Jesus entered the temple courts, he began to drive out those who were selling. [46] “It is written,” he said to them, “ ‘My house will be a house of prayer’ ; but you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’ ” [47] Every day he was teaching at the temple. But the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the leaders among the people were trying to kill him. [48] Yet they could not find any way to do it, because all the people hung on his words.

What a difference a day makes! Palm Sunday, scenes of joyful celebration, Monday, scenes of angry protest. But what was behind this? Is it an act of anticapitalism? Not quite. These outer courts were where the gentiles, non-Jews, were allowed to worship – a house of prayer for the nations – but the Jews had filled them with the stalls to sell the animals needed for their sacrifices and suchlike, squeezing the gentiles out. It was this selfishness and lack of concern for others that Jesus was protesting against. Makes you wonder, in what ways might we do the same today, how might our religious practises keep out or put off the very people we’re supposed to be sharing God’s love with…

Forgive us Lord for our religious clutter that keeps others out either intentionally or unintentionally. Help us to undergo a spiritual spring cleaning!

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