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Jesus drives the money-changers from the temple

Jesus drives the money changers from the temple
Bible Accent: Gospel of John
Saint for Today: St. Albert the Great

Jesus drives the money changers from the temple

Passover was only a few days away, so Jesus went with his Apostles to Jerusalem to be there for the holy day. When he reached the temple he did not find people praying quietly and reverently. Instead he found what looked like a market square. Vendors were selling oxen, sheep and doves. Money-changers were exchanging coins and currency from other areas to Jewish money.
Jesus was furious. He gathered some tough cords together and tied them into a whip. He drove everyone out of the temple and scattered the livestock. He threw the coin boxes of the money changers onto the ground and knocked their tables over. To the men selling doves he said, “Take these out of here, and stop making my Father’s house a marketplace.”
The Apostles who watched Jesus in his wrath could not help but think of the words written in one of the Psalms, “Zeal for your house will consume me.” The Jews asked Jesus, “What sign can you show us for doing this?”
Jesus replied simply, “Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up.” “This temple has been under construction for forty-six years,” they said as they challenged Jesus, “and you will raise it up in three days?” But Jesus was not referring to a physical building. He was referring to the temple that was his body.
The Apostles did not realize the importance of what Jesus had said or done until after Jesus had risen from the dead. Then they remembered the day in the temple, and they believed in the Scripture and the words of Jesus. Jesus remained in Jerusalem for the Passover feast. While he was there, he performed signs and wonders, and many people came to believe in him. Still Jesus was very careful, because he knew the people could not be trusted.
John 2
1. Why did Jesus go to Jerusalem?
2. What did Jesus say to the dove sellers?

Bible Accent: Gospel of John

Rather than opening with some kind of historical perspective, the Gospel of John opens with an image of the beginning of time, the beginning of the Word. There was light, there was darkness, similar to the first verses of Genesis 1.
Then we learn of a man named John, who was sent from God to testify to the light, that all may believe. This is not the Gospel writer John, but John the Baptist. When the priests and Levites asked John who he was, he answered: “I am ‘the voice of one crying out in the desert, “Make straight the way of the Lord,”’ as Isaiah the prophet said.”
John’s Gospel tells us about the ministry of Jesus from the first miracle he performed at the wedding in Cana to his death and resurrection. The Gospel closes with the writer claiming there was not enough room to contain the records of everything Jesus did during his ministry.

Saint for Today: St. Albert the Great

Albert the Great (1206-1280) was born in Germany, and when he was in his teens he joined a Dominican order against his father’s wishes. By the time Albert was in his early 20s, he had become a teacher. He then went to France to earn an advanced degree. After his graduation, Albert was sent by the Dominicans to be the regent at one of four new universities they had established called studia generalia. One of his students was a man named Thomas Aquinas. Albert also became a published writer on many topics including physics, geography, mineralogy and biology. He is most well-know for his work translating and interpreting the philosophy of Aristotle from a Christian viewpoint. Later in his life Albert lost his memory suddenly, causing the power of his great mind to fade, but his work is preserved in his writings. We honor him on Nov. 15.



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