“Holy Week” or “Passion Week” refers to the events in the life of Jesus a week before he is resurrected from the dead. Here are my reflections on each day as we remember the life, death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I won’t be going into a historical or a Biblical study of each day as there are many resources you can find regarding that. These are merely my personal reflections. A great place to start learning more about Holy Monday can be found here: Justin Taylor, Holy Week, Day 2: Monday
12 And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who sold and bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons. 13 He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you make it a den of robbers.” 14 And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple, and he healed them.Matthew 21:12-14
As we reflect on the events of Holy Monday, we see Jesus enter the temple early in the morning with a holy zeal for God leading him to overturn the tables of the money-changers and merchants. He drove out all who sold and bought in the temple proclaiming, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you make it a den of robbers.”
For those who had awaited a political savior king who would free them from Roman oppression, this would have been a shocking turn of events. Instead of uniting the current Jewish political leadership which included the religious leaders, he cuts to the core of religious hypocrisy.
Although they had the form of piety and godliness, inside they had been profiting from the currency exchange and selling of “holy” animals for sacrifice. Right after this incident, the gospels include a very peculiar moment.
Jesus sees a fig tree. Hungry, he goes to pick its fruit. Finding the tree to be barren, Jesus curses the tree and the fig tree withered at once. This account may sound strange but it is not random or out of place. In fact, it further solidifies the message Jesus is bringing to the religious people of Israel.
Just as he accuses them of turning the temple into a “den of robbers,” Jesus is pointing to the fruitless faith of Israel through the barren fig tree.
The Bible refers to our hearts as the dwelling place of God, as His temple. As He enters our hearts today, what will Jesus find?
While the religious leaders were indignant of him and blind to the truth of who He was and what He was doing, the truly blind and lame came to him and found healing in his name.
As Jesus enters our hearts today, let us come to him acknowledging how we were truly blind and lame, blind to the Gospel and unable to move towards God. That is the humble and contrite heart that He will not despise. He will hear our cries and heal us.