March 29, 2021
Every day Jesus was teaching in the temple. The chief priests, the scribes, and the leaders of the people kept looking for a way to kill him; but they did not find anything they could do, for all the people were spellbound by what they heard. (Luke 19:47-48)
Last Friday, we finished our fourteenth and final station of the cross. And starting today we have entered Holy Week. We know the beats well. Jesus enters Jerusalem on Sunday to the tune of “Hosanna’s!” Palms are waved about, and cloaks are dropped at his feet.
And soon we will gather for the Great Three Days, the Triduum, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the celebration of Easter at the Vigil and Easter morn. It begs the question though, what happened on Monday through Wednesday? And perhaps the answer will shed some light not only on the days that we are not in church, but also the work and action Jesus privileged above all else, even as his end was coming near.
Luke 19 gives us the answer. “Every day Jesus was teaching in the temple.” Although Jesus foretold his coming arrest and crucifixion, the work of his ministry went on. Jesus kept on teaching. His critiques tried to find a way to get to him. Jesus kept on teaching. Jesus caused a stir when he entered the temple and found money changers. Jesus kept on teaching. Jesus saw that Judas, one of his twelve, was making up his mind to betray him. Jesus kept on teaching.
And what did Jesus teach? Jesus taught about what he always taught. God’s kingdom of grace, standing up for the oppressed, chastising the powerful. This is what Mary his mother sang about as he came into this world, and this is the song Jesus would sing as he left.
Peace in Christ,
Pr. Dan Joyner Miller