St. Paul Lutheran Church, Karnes City: Jesus cleans house
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Tables overturned; coins flying in every direction; people ducking for cover or trying to recover the coins that were rolling everywhere; animals wandering about aimlessly: Jesus created this scene of chaos as he fashioned a whip of cords and rampaged through the Jerusalem temple. Didn’t Jesus come to create peace not utter chaos?

Jesus’s actions follow in a long history of actions taken by the Hebrew prophets dating back to Hosea, Jeremiah, and others. He was not just proving his humanity with this show of anger, he was protesting the whole commercialized sacrificial system and proposing a total paradigm shift: The Jerusalem temple would no longer be the center of the sacrificial system, that center would shift to Jesus himself by his eventual death on the cross.

What might all this mean for us? Worshippers at St. Paul’s Lutheran in Karnes City were challenged with the following two questions: If Jesus showed up at St. Paul’s and fashion a whip of cords, what would he be driving out; what long lost treasures would he discover? Since our bodies are a temple of the Holy Spirit, if Jesus showed up in our temple, what would he be driving out; what long lost treasures would he discover? The Ten Commandments and Luther’s explanation of them in the catechism were held up as possible elements for fashioning a “whip of cords” to accomplish this task.

St. Paul’s News and Notes: March 18 will be the Women of St. Paul’s Thankoffering Service and the Women of St. Paul’s will also hold a meeting after the service on that day. Lenten Mid-week services are held at 7 p.m. each Wednesday during Lent, preceded by a Soup Supper at 6 p.m. A Passover Re-enactment is scheduled for March 31 at 6:30 p.m.
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