In today’s Gospel reading, we see Jesus cleanse the Temple, driving out those that are using it as a moneymaker, instead of the house of prayer that God had designed it to be. After this happened He has an encounter with the religious leaders. The demand to know why He is doing what He is doing. We see this play out in John 2: 18-21. Listen to what happens:
18 The Jews then said to him, “What sign can you show us for doing this?” 19 Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” 20 The Jews then said, “This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and will you raise it up in three days?” 21 But he was speaking of the temple of his body.
Jesus was very clear to all that followed Him and all that were aware of His teaching what He was going to do.
He came to teach us to love. To teach us to care. To show us the depth of God’s love for everyone of us.
Yes, He came for all these things. And He came for this. To die upon the cross for our sins, so that we could truly be reconciled with God. But here’s the thing. The people didn’t understand. They heard His words, but their hearts were not ready.
They had not yet received the Holy Spirit. Even His closest friends struggled to understand what it was that Jesus was talking about. They were listening. But they didn’t hear Him.
How about us? We can go through the motions of religion or Lent, but not really hear what He wants to tell us. So many that were with Jesus, they didn’t hear Him.
That’s our challenge today. To pay attention. To tune our hearts to His grace. To truly be aware of the moving of Spirit. To truly allow Him to speak to us. And to hear.
So many where there listening. But they didn’t truly perceive. May that not be the case for us. Today, may we not make that mistake. May His words be truth to our souls. And may we hear, today, what it is that He is trying to tell us.