Start reading with 2 minutes of Silence, Stillness, and Centering before God
Scripture Reading: Mark 11:15 – 17
On 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, and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts. And as he taught them, he said, “Is it not written: ‘l\ly house v.ill be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’
Jesus’ intense anger and overturning of the tables in the temple courts ought to make us gasp. He knows that if we don’t get to God, invaluable treasures, will be lost or obscured. We lose the space where we experience God’s unfailing love and amazing forgiveness. We lose an eternal perspective on what is important and what is not. We lose compassion. We gain the world but lose our souls (Mark 8:36 – 37).
Be Free for God
I have a need
of such clearance
as the Savior effected in the temple of Jerusalem
a riddance of clutter
of what is secondary
that blocks the way
to the all-important central emptiness
which is filled with the presence of God alone.
Question to Consider
How would you describe “what is secondary” in your life, the thing that might be “blocking the way” to experiencing God?
Lord, help me to see how much I lose when I lose you. My perspective on my life and all of life gets distorted when I don’t make space for you, obscuring your love for me. Your love is better than life, and truly I long for more tastes of that love. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Conclude with 2 minutes of silence
–From Peter Scazarro Emotionally Healthy Spirituality Day by Day