Take a moment to refresh, refocus, and refine your faith.
Lord, it’s easy for me to see and lay blame for corruption and wickedness in institutions, organizations, and cultural practices, but I rarely pause to consider how I feed into those systems. What is convenient or practical for me might be reliant on the exploitation and even slavery of others. Jesus, when you entered the temple, you did not target the business owners and workers only; you addressed the customers too. Help me be a conscientious and compassionate consumer. Educate me and guide me with divine wisdom so that my money is not offered up for evil practices, but rather for the glory of God.
On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple courts and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves, and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts. And as he taught them, he said, “Is it not written: ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’”