Lent day 6


Theme: Temple


John 2:13-22

Not long before the Jewish festival of Passover, Jesus went to Jerusalem. There he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves in the temple. He also saw moneychangers sitting at their tables. So he took some rope and made a whip. Then he chased everyone out of the temple, together with their sheep and cattle. He turned over the tables of the moneychangers and scattered their coins.
Jesus said to the people who had been selling doves, “Get those doves out of here! Don’t make my Father’s house a marketplace.”
The disciples then remembered that the Scriptures say, “My love for your house burns in me like a fire.”
The Jewish leaders asked Jesus, “What miracle will you work to show us why you have done this?”
“Destroy this temple,” Jesus answered, “and in three days I will build it again!”
The leaders replied, “It took forty-six years to build this temple. What makes you think you can rebuild it in three days?”
But Jesus was talking about his body as a temple. And when he was raised from death, his disciples remembered what he had told them. Then they believed the Scriptures and the words of Jesus.


“I somehow came to religion in my teens. I came to my denomination in seminary after learning more about the Reformed tradition. Reformed theology emphasizes God’s initiative, which is consistent with my own experience. I can’t tell you that I ever really found God. It was God who found me, and kept finding me throughout my life. Whether I was observant or indifferent about my faith, God was always close by.”
— Rev. T. Denise Anderson
Commentary on Mark 1:9-15 for @sanctifiedart

Reflection prompts

  • What angers you deep in your bones?
  • Where is God in that anger?


God of justice, you flipped tables in the temple, and then immediately spoke to
people who were eager to listen. We seem to only be able to do one or the
other—we can be prophetic or pastoral. We can be angry or be gentle. We can
speak or listen. Help us to hold both at the same time. Teach us your ways, so
that we too can be agents of change. Amen. —Prayer by Rev. Sarah Are | A
Sanctified Art LLC |

Lent Study Groups

Visio Divina

During Lent there will be an opportunity to delve into the scriptures deeper through a process called Visio Divina. Study groups are online Wednesday 12:30pm. Studies begin Wednesday 24th February.

Visio Divina, latin for “divine seeing,” is a method of meditation, reflection, and prayer through a process of intentional seeing. Visio Divina extends the 6th century Benedictine practice of Lectio Divina by the use of visual imagery. Traditionally, Visio Divina was accompanied by Benedictine iconography and illuminations, however, different faith traditions have adapted the process over time, utilizing both secular and nonsecular images.

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