Mark 16:1-8 – When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?” And looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled back–it was very large. And…
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12Jesus entered the temple area and drove out all those engaged in selling and buying there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who were selling doves.* f 13g And he said to them, “It is written:
‘My house shall be a house of prayer,’*
but you are making it a den of thieves.”
Footnotes from the NAB
Matthew changes the order of (Mk 11:11, 12, 15) and places the cleansing of the temple on the same day as the entry into Jerusalem, immediately after it. The activities going on in the temple area were not secular but connected with the temple worship. Thus Jesus’ attack on those so engaged and his charge that they were making God’s house of prayer a den of thieves (Mt 21:12–13) constituted a claim to authority over the religious practices of Israel and were a challenge to the priestly authorities.
[21:12] These activities were carried on in the court of the Gentiles, the outermost court of the temple area. Animals for sacrifice were sold; the doves were for those who could not afford a more expensive offering; see Lv 5:7. Tables of the money changers: only the coinage of Tyre could be used for the purchases; other money had to be exchanged for that.
* [21:13] ‘My house…prayer’: cf. Is 56:7. Matthew omits the final words of the quotation, “for all peoples” (“all nations”), possibly because for him the worship of the God of Israel by all nations belongs to the time after the resurrection; see Mt 28:19. A den of thieves: the phrase is taken from Jer 7:11.
Jesus is God. His reaction recorded by Matthew is righteous indignation and as the New American Bible points out a challenge to the priestly authorities of that time and a claim to religious authority. We’re human and it may be far and few between when we can actually claim righteous indignation.I remember a priest giving a homily on this very topic and afterwards i started asking myself if i really had a right to be angry.Was I really looking at the circumstances with clear eyes? Most anger comes from the feeling we’re being personally affronted by another person in some way.We don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know that anger is an emotion and we know where those came from. Anger is not a sin. It’s what we do with it and how we handle that makes the difference.
IF i were going to get angry about anything it would be what Pope Francis pointed out.
Our Holy Father is speaking about the reality of evil and the reality of poverty. You could put that into the class of righteous indignation. I generally handle irritation with a short fuse. It’s an un Christ like response. I handle perceived wrongs with a longer fuse,but a fuse nonetheless and if it simmers beneath the surface it can end up being a blown fuse. Yep,been there a few times.
When i looked at the circumstances honestly i had no right to be there. We see people who make the news because of anger gone out of control. They call them ‘crimes of passion.’ We see in the news too people who murder for what they consider good reason. There is no good reason. I’m sure they’re angry people though;i’d be willing to bet they’re sociopaths or psychopaths and then there’s evil. Cain killed Abel. He was jealous. He could have owned up to it. Asked forgiveness. Been happy for his brother. He murdered him instead.Evil.Then there’s terrorism.Evil on a grand scale.
Sometimes I fall into arguments. The second it gets personal is when i could lose it. Anytime we face a personal affront we get there.
Sometimes the other persons anger is justifiable and i remember the good priests homily at that point. I back up,take a look and ask; does the person who is in my face have a right to be there. Is there a grievance the person has a right to bring up?
What about all those things that irritate the dickens out of me? Such as a phone call that’s taking (in my own mind)far too long,a grocery line extending a mile when i have 2 items(fortunately hubby has to do all the shopping these days.Grateful)or the coffee that leaks all over the counter for some reason. i’ve been known to snap at the person on the line and ruin their day. They’re a rep of a company and may not have any control over how long it takes for my call to get through. There’s a language barrier and we’re having a problem communicating.They’re just doing their job and probably putting food on the table for their own family. I need more patience. When i snap-it’s un Christlike.
So i think we can see how this really goes. If you see evil and poverty in the world and you’re angry then you’re on the side of God. Righteous indignation. It’s the time we take the emotions we feel and DO something to make a difference.
When the mainstream media covers up corruption and lies while our country sinks further into the swamp we get very angry-we can call that righteous indignation.We can take that anger and make a difference. We definitely don’t punch out an obama supporter even if we might feel like it.
If we have a relationship problem there’s a good remedy.PRAYER.
Maybe it’s us and not the other person. It’s a good time for self reflection and more prayer.
Andrew Breitbart wrote a book called RIGHTEOUS INDIGNATION(terrific book.hope you take the time to read it). He declared war on liberalism. He exposed it for what it was. God rest his soul. I don’t think the man had a shred of hate in him but he was definitely conservative and he definitely had his eyes wide open to what was going on in our country.What i respected about Andrew was that he was on the other side of the fence like i was at one time;liberalism. It took the Congressional Hearings of Clarance Thomas to set him on the path to conservative politics. He did see the world through a political spectrum.
For those of us who are married the worst argument we can get into is the old-you did this and you did that. As much as we try to avoid pointing a finger at the other person an argument can escalate,it turns into a personal affront[both sides] and we can even dig up a wrong from 10 yrs ago. Again, the best remedy is self reflection, prayer and CONFESSION.Pope Francis spells it out clearly how we need to see other people. I can tell you that anyone this close to God makes me feel small and petty. I’m too ready to pick arguments and so few of them are righteous indignation. Pope Francis also gives me hope-he speaks to me when he says that God is in my life even though it was a total disaster and was destroyed by vices. Yep,there’s still some residue left over.
I have the usual round of phone calls to get through,then the rosary and a few cups of coffee.When i get back the next entry is going to be about Anger. It won’t be any arm chair psychology and it definitely won’t be the theological insights of an Aquinas or Augustine but given that we ALL deal with it,should be worth taking a look at.
The one thing that used to get my own dander up considerably:
By: Stacy Swimp
As of this writing, 17 states in our Republic have legally redefined marriage as being between other than one man and one woman. 33 states continue to have a ban on marriage redefinition.
The cultural winds that blow appear to be picking up steam, as more Americans are unwilling to hold on to the traditional Judeo-Christian values which this nation was built upon.
Sadly, this moral collapse is no less a reality among many who profess to be “Christian”. Many alleged Christians are now saying they support marriage redefinition under the guise of ‘equality” and “civil rights”, even as they know that God’s Word is unequivocally opposed to unions between two men and between two women.
These Christians who are choosing to advocate rejection of God’s Word are what the Bible identifies as “apostates”.
The word “apostasy” comes from the Greek word “apostasia’, which means is “falling…
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Instant Replay: The Accuser Rants On, But Is Already Overcome!
Sadly, I have been made aware of Mr. Jimmy Green’s latest social media attack on my character, intentions and even my family. You may recall, Mr. Greene, CEO/President of Associated, Builders and Contractors- Greater Michigan, is a rabid, liberal/Progressive Marriage Redefinition activist.
Ironically, be boasts of being a Republican for 30 years.
With Republicans like Greene, who needs Democrats?
I think of Alinsky Strategies- 12 Rules for Radicals when I read Jimmy Greene’s slanderous rants.
Distract, ridicule, accuse, isolate, and polarize. It is a very old tactic that I have encountered nationally, as I have stood for limited government and family values.
In Greene’s case, It is also a “instant replay”.
When I did my first tea party speech, back in April of 2011, I faced a deep and hateful response, especially from Jimmy Greene, over my comments about…
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Hope you get a chance to read the great blog entries that are re-blogged. Interesting articles there. I have some catching up to do here tomorrow.Promised to post some links.We’ll research those and make sure I get them in. It looks like this week is going to be very pleasant up until maybe Thur when we may or may not have some severe storms. We can hope not,but it’s bound to start sooner or later this time of year. I’m wondering if we’re not getting a short breather before another snow storm. I’ve been thinking winter would go into the first half of April this year. Would it surprise anyone? I’ll also have our aide take some more photos of our aquarium and post them. Till next time everyone have a wonderful night and good reading.Stay safe,sleep peacefully,God Bless 🙂