Then he entered the temple and began to drive out those who were selling things there; and he said, “It is written, ‘My house shall be a house of prayer’; but you have made it a den of robbers.” Every day he was teaching in the temple. The chief priests, the scribes, and the leaders of the people kept looking for a way to kill him; but they did not find anything they could do, for all the people were spellbound by what they heard.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
“People were spellbound by what they heard.”
Jesus is prophetically speaking truth to power here. He wants us to rid ourselves of material possessions that represent power and prestige, which keep us from following his teachings. When we are the recipient of someone telling us the hard truths, it can be difficult to listen. Our initial reaction can be one of defensiveness where we turn away from these prophetic voices or escape through some of the earthly distractions Jesus refers to. But sooner or later, as Jesus keeps calling, we will have to listen. Let us pray that we listen to Jesus with a heart that is humbly open to love seeking repentance.
—Dr. Sajit U. Kabadi is the Acting Assistant Principal of Mission, Ministry, and Diversity at Regis Jesuit High School in Colorado.
Forgive me for the times when I have allowed my ego, my fear, and earthly distractions to keep me from listening to your words and living your teachings. Please grant me your mercy, instilling in me a hope for redemption that brings me closer to you. Above all, this is what I desire in this life.
Thank you Lord.
—Sajit U. Kabadi
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