Wednesday, 11 March 2009

Lent 3

This week's readings:

Exodus 20:1-17
John 2:13-22

I'm thinking along the lines of barriers to God: the law, meant as a way into relationship with God, can become a barrier when we fall into the 'earning God's love' trap; the temple precincts, meant as the court of the gentiles, is over-run with people wanting to turn a profit; Jesus comes to remove barriers & restore relationship. So what blocks us from God? and how can Jesus help us?

Not sure how to answer my last questions, though!
Except that many of the conversations I've had with people over the last week or so have been about making sense of suffering: is suffering the barrier which keeps us from God? Then Jesus deals with that - embracing the cross to pass through suffering & demonstrate that God's love is stronger than death.

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