Thursday, April 5, 2012
Holy Week reflections.
I found a lovely series of Holy Week devotions here:
His words about simplicity, what God has intended for us, resting, and how Jesus is teaching us to love each other are awesome. Here's a taste of what you'll see there:
The temple had become a marketplace. Instead of people bowing their hearts, they were turning a profit. A pretty far cry from God's original intention.
Reflection: "When God first drew me into a relationship with him, he had something good, pure and life-changing in mind. Is my relationship with him still characterized by that simple purity and life-changing devotion?
Prayer: "Lord, forgive me for cheapening your presence in my life. Fill the temple of my heart with your over-powering glory once again."
So, when Jesus got to the temple did he think "What good is a temple if people don't meet God there? It's supposed to be a place where your soul gets fed. That's its purpose after all. Not just to look pretty."
On the outside, the temple was a busy place (just like the fig tree: it had a lot of leaves), but on the inside it was dead (just like the fig tree: it didn't bear any fruit). The temple was supposed to be a "house of prayer", instead it had become a place of preoccupation and spiritual distraction, robbing people's hearts from their God. So, Jesus "cursed" the temple too, by clearing out the money changers and teaching the merchandisers a lesson: this isn't what it's supposed to be like!
Reflection: "I sense my life is cluttered with things that distract me from connecting with God on a more intimate level. What things do I need to clear out of my life? Am I really willing to declutter my life? Am I willing to simply pray and wait upon God? Or am I content with avoiding God by doing the business of 'Christian activity'? I will take time to listen to God and meet with God this week."Prayer: "Lord, clear out my heart. Do what you will, even to the point of 'over-turning' my tables. Remodel my inner world."