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Jesus Cleanses the Temple
John 2:13-25 Commentary
by Robert Hoch
I was hoping to stop in to a new café that had opened in Baltimore, near our church. But when I got to its plate glass doors, I found that one of them had been shattered.
Lights were on inside. A man sat at the counter, working at a computer. Two people came up behind me, apparently also intending to visit the shop. We tried to see if the store was open, in spite of the broken glass. We finally caught the eye of the person sitting at the counter, who, it turned out, was the owner. He informed us through the shattered glass that the store had been broken into early that morning and they had stolen the cash register.
The reaction of the two people behind me was astonishment: “They stole the cash register!” I thought to myself, “What else would you steal? The coffee beans?”
However, as I reflected on it, their astonishment made sense. Somehow this symbol, so central in a culture of commerce, was something that could not be touched. Their reaction was in response to the sense that a center of commerce had been so dramatically upset.
I felt for the owner. It’s not easy to cope with economic loss as well as the feeling of exposure ...
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January 21, 2018
This is the podcast for John 2:13-25, the Narrative Lectionary reading for Jan. 21, 2018, featuring Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Craig Koester, and Karoline Lewis. Podcast recorded at Luther Seminary, Saint Paul, Minn.