Faith @ Home Daily- Monday, June 29, 2020
Scripture: Matthew 21:12-22
All of this week’s New Testament readings from Matthew Chapters 21 and 22 in the Daily Lectionary should come with a word of caution. The events take place after Jesus has arrived in Jerusalem on a colt as the crowd shouts “Hosanna!” These sometimes difficult passages raise questions of power and authority. At a time when cries for racial justice continue on our streets, at our workplaces, and in our churches, these texts challenge us to consider both the systemic and personal implications of Jesus’ teaching. Our team has done our best to point to hope and justice in complex readings while being mindful of the space constraints of a daily devotional.
Jesus' actions and demeanor during the cleansing of the temple contrast sharply with familiar images of the caring good shepherd and the gentle teacher who welcomed children. Here we see Jesus disrupting business as usual speaking out against injustices happening in the temple courtyard. Here we know Jesus who hears the cries of the oppressed and overturns entrenched systems of power counter to God’s kingdom.