Follow...with Fury! A Lenten Devotion for April 10, 2017

This week is Holy Week, the final week of Lent and the end of this devotion. I hope it has been uplifting to you. This week, instead of our routine, we will stick closely to the scriptural story of this week. We will follow Mark’s gospel as it gives a very stark rendering of Jesus’ last week of earthly ministry. I owe this week’s readings to The Last Week by Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan, which details the process and meaning of Holy Week, utilizing Mark’s gospel. It is a stellar read.

Mark 11: 12-19

According to Borg & Crossan, this episode took place on Monday of Holy Week.

On the following day, when they came from Bethany, he was hungry. Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to see whether perhaps he would find anything on it. When he came to it, he found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. He said to it, ‘May no one ever eat fruit from you again.’ And his disciples heard it.

Then they came to Jerusalem. And he entered the temple and began to drive out those who were selling and those who were buying in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold doves; and he would not allow anyone to carry anything through the temple. He was teaching and saying,

‘Is it not written,

“My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations”?

But you have made it a den of robbers.’

And when the chief priests and the scribes heard it, they kept looking for a way to kill him; for they were afraid of him, because the whole crowd was spellbound by his teaching. And when evening came, Jesus and his disciples went out of the city.

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