Lenten Devotion: Monday, April 6
Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God.”
In this section of Lamentations, Jeremiah mourns the destruction of Jerusalem and the scattering of her people. Some say that this passage in Mark is Jesus foretelling the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem. That his statement about the temple being destroyed will come true, just as his statement about the fig tree did. But that’s not the message I get from these readings.
The Israelites have a long history of not being steadfast and faithful to God, to not believing the power of prayer. And in this gospel section, Jesus emphasizes the power of prayer and unwavering faith, of observing God’s wishes – in this case, for his house to be a house of prayer, not a place of commerce. The Israelites have been unfaithful to God’s word again. Lamentations emphasized the results of the Israelites unfaithfulness, the Psalms David’s cries for forgiveness for his sins related to taking Bathsheba. Jesus says that with unceasing prayer and unwavering faith anyone can do great things, even move mountains. And through prayer we will be forgiven our trespasses.
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Psalm 51:11