Those days Jesus was waiting for the most anticipated sunset in his life , the Passover in Jerusalem. Jesus has a child hood attachment to the Jerusalem temple. Where he find the people selling oxen, sheep and pigeons. The rest of his performance in the temple was in very contrast to his earlier appearances. And making a whip of cords, he drove them all, with the sheep and oxen, out of the temple; and he poured out the coins of the moneychangers and overturned their tables.
Jesus’ entry to the temple was not an unexpected one and many times Jesus visited the temple during the festival days and must have seen those sellers there. In fact the entire seen was very familiar to every one including Jesus. But Jesus responded in a dramatic and unpredicted way showing his mighty side.
Definitely Jesus served a purpose, answering a question he faced from the very starting of his public life till the end of his life. ‘If you are the Christ please told us’. He didn’t find a better way to answer them, showing his authority in his father’s temple. And in an indirect way he expressed it in words” Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up”.
Fortunately the situation around us is more simple and easy to handle. There aren’t any sellers in church, any oxen or pigeons. But clever we are, making new trading in and around church. Strong groups based on rites and form of Mass. Sometimes we are not attending the Sunday mass if there is no Latin Mass near to us. And making societies and groups to promote them and create division. Jesus becomes a trade promoting symbol and a transaction coin. Many marvellous creations are meaningless and disappoint us due to the emptiness inside. The most desirable thing in the world is the creation, which serve the purpose. Sometimes a high tone is required to get the attention. In fact the moneychangers where serving a purpose: exchanging the different engraved coins to shekel, as any engraved coin is unacceptable in the temple. But in Jesus perception obeying the law was very below serving real purpose. A tridentine mass is not practical in everyday life because of it’s complexity. It is good to keep the tradition and obey the rules but serving the purpose is more important.
In the narrow sense we don’t need to travel to find an example. True, we are not trading off in temples, but while we walk past a needy hand, when we forget to share the intimate moments with those in torments, when we confront that man who steals our coat but we refuse to give the shirt (Luke 6:30), we are trading of Jesus Christ. The temple was destroyed later and Judas Iscariot too, another example of trading off Jesus Christ. Far better to keep the temple empty, being an atheist. “So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth”. Revelation 3:16 . Since it is Spirit who gives life and flesh profits nothing (John 6:63) we have to keep in mind the new sacrifice, the one Jesus taught us – giving our on life to others as Jesus give himself his body to eat.