Angry Monday

Holy week is sometimes guilty of painting Jesus in pastels – a calm, sad-faced man gradually working his way towards an inevitable death. Somehow a version of Jesus has been worked into Christianity that doesn’t allow him – or his followers – to get angry, feel passionate, or care so much about one thing that some other things have to be dealt with in a radical and passionate way. It’s a version of Christianity that makes Jesus look like a victim as his death approaches. So thank goodness that today’s story of him turning over the tables in the Temple disrupts that calm, passive image. Outraged by injustice and commercialization masquerading as religion, he seems to have found that a peaceful demonstration didn’t meet the occasion – he just went and trashed the place.

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