"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." (Mark 11:17
In our scripture reading today, we learn that Jesus claimed a certain territory for Himself. He claimed the Temple--which was the church of his time. When Jesus came into the Temple and saw people treating it badly, He threw the people out. Jesus respected the Temple, and He wanted others to respect it, too. You and I have the church. The church is where we gather together to worship God. It is God's territory, and God wants us to make it a place of spiritual renewal.
Dear God, help me to make my church a special place for my spiritual renewal. In Jesus' name, Amen.
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