Sermons at Emmanuel Episcopal Church: Righteous Indignation: The Third Sunday in Lent
Righteous Indignation: The Third Sunday in Lent| Speaker: The Reverend Andria Skornik
Righteous Indignation: The Third Sunday in Lent
When Jesus drove the moneychangers from the temple, He was reacting to Herod's and the temple authorities' exploitation of the faithful as they came to worship God. This angry Jesus is so out of character with the loving Messiah we have come to know, it is important to remember that anger in and of itself is not bad. Anger is a God-given emotion, and when we are angry it is for a reason. The important thing is knowing how to handle and use our anger in constructive ways. Anger tells us that something needs to be addressed; anger can lead to change, and change can lead to action. Jesus' actions showed the faithful that there was an alternative to inaction and they did not need to rely on the moneychangers' sacrificial animals for God to hear their prayers. Our righteous indignation and our anger at injustice should be the catalyst for change that brings healing to our world.
The Scripture references are Exodus 20:1-7, Psalm 19:1-4,7-10, and 1 Corinthians 1:18-25. The Gospel reference is John 2:13-22.