So much of Jesus’ ministry was devoted to preaching the word of God. He taught us to love our enemies, turn the other cheek, reach out to the poor and marginalized. He spoke often about the importance of love and forgiveness. Rare is the moment when he displays anger. But this incident at the temple is still a teaching moment. Here, Jesus does not choose words or a parable to make a point. He takes direct action. What was happening at this house of God struck at Jesus’ core. There is behavior that can’t be tolerated. As followers of Christ, we can’t stand by and see a child hurt. We can’t ignore the exploitation of the elderly or the needy. Like Jesus, there are times we must act with righteous anger. And yet, always, we must act out of love.
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