Cleansing of the Temple: A Reflection

Here’s a reflection on Jesus’ cleansing of the Temple (Matthew 21:12-17, Mark 11:15–17; Luke 19:45–46, John 2:13-22).  It was written by Roddy Hamilton.


in slow motion the realm of god flickers
across the balustrades of the temple

coins crash as the reign of god breaks in
for everything
up to now
has just been introduction

this violence is the real thing
and the blur of images:
tables hurled
and a saviour spitting
doves flapping
and a redeemer shouting

money flashing
and the prince of peace reigning
is the thin wedge
that opens the door
a door too big
to keep things in

and it all comes spilling out
and it won't fit back in

~ written by Roddy Hamilton, and posted on Mucky Paws.