Wednesday Word – 4th March 2018
Has anyone heard this famous saying:
"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." (Edmund Burke)
Sometimes, it’s important for us as Christians to take a stand and do something about it when we see people who have no power or authority treated badly by those who do. ‘Lent’ is a good time to think about this.
There is only one story in the bible when Jesus gets angry – and today we read it. Usually Jesus is seen to forgive, and understand, and turn the other cheek. This time he doesn’t. There are times when we have to take a stand against injustice and take the side of those who can’t stand up for themselves.
The Cleansing of the Temple
Just before the Jewish Passover Jesus went up to Jerusalem, and in the Temple he found people selling cattle and sheep and pigeons, and the money changers sitting at their counters there. Making a whip out of some cord, he drove them all out of the Temple, cattle and sheep as well, scattered the money changers’ coins, knocked their tables over and said to the pigeon-sellers, “Take all this out of here and stop turning my Father’s house into a market, you have turned my Father’s house into a den of thieves!” Then his disciples remembered the words of scripture: Zeal for your house will devour me. The Jews intervened and said, “What sign can you show us to justify what you have done?” Jesus answered, “Destroy this sanctuary, and in three days I will raise it up.” (He said this referring to his death and resurrection).
Taken from the Gospel of John 2:13-20
What are you doing to mark Lent this year?
Fasting / Prayer / Giving to Charity.
The Cafod Website can give some good suggestions https://cafod.org.uk/Education/Secondary-and-youth-resources/Lent
Listen to this song about people who have taken a stand for their faith.
Dear Lord Jesus, we give you thanks for all the skills those who teach us have passed on to us. May I never forget that You, Lord, are my greatest teacher, because what I learn from you is not just for this life, but for eternity