CHURCH OF ENGLAND EVENSONG tonight takes us to The Temple and a bit of a rumpus: Jesus overturning religious habits – and healing blind and lame folk whilst he’s about it.
Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves. And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple; and he healed them. – Matthew 21.12
Jesus maintained that our own human form is the real Temple in which God resides, and offers encouragement – then and now – to keep that Temple as free as possible from too much preoccupation with ordinary commerce – with buying and selling. It’s prayer that matters. Real encounter with God and with one another. For it’s in the houses of prayer that ‘the blind’ come to see and ‘the lame’ gain healing and strength to run and never grow weary.