Tuesday in Holy Week - Reflection

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Tuesday in Holy Week – Evening Reflection

Jesus goes into the temple and overturns the tables

Opening Prayer

We are here in God’s presence

In this time of reflection I am going to explore the visit Jesus made to the temple in Jerusalem a few days before he died.

You might like to light a candle as a reminder of Jesus the Light of the world

Ever present Lord,
Even though the world seems to be falling apart,
We will not fear;
Though mountains tremble and oceans roar,
Nations are in difficulty, and whole peoples struggle,
We will not fear.

There is a city, with a river of life,
A radiant place a place where God resides,
A city of peace, where all can live in harmony,
Where all from all directions, can come and live in peace.

Be Still for the Presence of the Lord
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Mark 11: 15-18

Court of the Money lenders

15On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple courts and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money-changers and the benches of those selling doves, 16and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts. 17And as he taught them, he said, ‘Is it not written: “My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations”? But you have made it “a den of robbers”.’

18The chief priests and the teachers of the law heard this and began looking for a way to kill him, for they feared him, because the whole crowd was amazed at his teaching.

Temple description

The temple was a massive complex attracting people from all over the known world. This was not the original temple, but a reconstruction made by Herod, and at this time it was not complete. Anybody was free to wander the outer courts; the inner courts were for Jewish people only, although women were excluded from the innermost court before the holy of holies- which nobody entered other than a designated priest. The psalms - although describing and older temple which was destroyed give us an idea of the magnificence.

It was on a scale that you could just wander around as a sightseer which Jesus it seems did on his first evening after his entry into Jerusalem Mark 11:11 says, ‘when he had looked around at everything’.

There would be skilled craftwork and fine materials to look and wonder at – signs of great wealth and therefore also power, in a completely different league to the village carpentry that the Galileans would be used to.

View the model of the temple
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The Temple Wall:

The Temple Wall

Psalm 84: 1-3 (Adapted by Annie Heppenstall)

How lovely is your dwelling place, O God!
My soul longs, indeed it faints for your courts;
My heart and my flesh sing for joy to you.
Even the sparrow finds a home
And a swallow a nest for herself
Where ah may lay her young,
At your altars, O God, O Eternal One.

How lovely is thy dwelling place - John Rutter
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Ending and prayers

During these current times, we are unable to visit our cathedrals and churches places that have been set apart to be Holy to God where people are free to pray and be at peace. We can be assured that our temples are us, and where we are, God is.

We come to God in prayer:

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come;
thy will be done; on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory for ever and ever.

Closing Prayer

Loving God,
Thank you for welcoming us into your presence,
Through Jesus, your Beloved,
Thank you for inviting us to share your holiness,
And for wishing to make your home in our hearts.
Help us to be open to receive you,
As you wait, full of love, to receive us.

As we stay at home, let God’s peace remain in our hearts

The Lord bless you and keep you - John Rutter
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Copyright Details

Taken and adapted from:  A Complete Parish Programme: Annie Heppenstall 2016, Published by Kevin Mayhew.
Bible readings are from the New International Version – UK (NIVUK) Holy Bible, New International Version® Anglicized, NIV® Copyright © 1979, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission.
Photographs Marion De Quidt
Music: from YouTube under the YouTube licence
Be Still for the Presence of the Lord
David Evans © Thank You Music Ltd.
How lovely is thy dwelling place - John Rutter
The Lord bless you and keep you - John Rutter