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Message by Rev. Serena Sullivan
When Jesus entered the temple on Passover, he found those who were selling oxen, sheep and pigeons, and the money-changers sitting there. Jesus got mad! He poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables. Basically, he threw a temper tantrum. When the money changers confronted Him, He told them to tear down the temple and He would rebuild it in three days.
We too are called to be angry and not stand for injustice. And we WON'T have time to be politically correct! No reform is ever accomplished without making enemies, otherwise, good people resist giving up comfortable ways of doing things. Jesus made enemies when he turned over the tables in the temple and stood up for injustice. Living as Jesus lived is true worship to God.
The lesson teaches us three things: 1) Pay attention and get mad; 2) Christ calls us to be inclusive in our worship; 3) Our relationship with God is not based out of a building. He is ever present with us.