Welcome to Holy Week.
Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday and ends on Easter Sunday. It is the last days of Jesus’s life here on earth. I want you to go with me to the Gospel of Matthew 21: 12-13. On the second day, after Jesus had made the triumphal entry into Jerusalem, he went and cleansed the temple. This is how the Bible says it. It says that Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were selling and buying there. He turned over the tables of money changes, and all the benches of those who are selling doves. “It is written,” He said, “My house will be called the house of prayer. But you have made it a den of robbers.”
When I was growing up, I used to have house parties. For those of you who don’t know what house parties are, house parties are where you open your parents home, and you invite friends or people you go to school with to your home for a party. You would not allow anyone to come into your parent’s home and disrespect the property. There were certain rules that your parents established, and they expected for you to maintain those rules.
Jesus is God’s Son. And He says, my father intended this house to be a house of prayer. Take a moment to think about what we have done? In our innocence, have we remembered prayer? Have we begun to be so consumed socially? Have we become so concerned about where our next blessing is coming from that we have forgotten that Jesus designed his house to be a house of prayer? We are his house. We are his body.
Let’s search ourselves and search our minds. During the Holy Week, let’s make a commitment to make Easter about being a time of prayer.
Grace and peace to you.