Scripture —  Matthew 21: 10 – 13

11 The crowds were saying, “This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee.”

12 Then Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who were selling and buying in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves.

13 He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer’; but you are making it a den of robbers.”


Clean house.   That’s what Jesus chooses to do as soon as he enters the city of Jerusalem.  Set aside any notion of the docile, meek Christ.  This Jesus sends the pay day lenders and merchants packing.  Quite an entrance.

If we imagine Jesus riding the Palm Sunday procession into our own hearts and lives, instead of Jerusalem, where do we expect that he’d apply his broom?   What habits would he rout out of us?  What dirt would he sweep out from the corners that we keep under wraps?   What offenses would he expel from us?


Dear Lord,

We often seek you for comfort and guidance.   Let us now open the doors and windows of our lives to you and ask you to help us rid ourselves of all that offends you.  Create in us clean hearts, loving spirits, and forgiving ways.