Morning Prayer for Holy Tuesday
Reading: Mark 11:15-19
How many Sundays have we sung, “… as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end”?
At the beginning, Jesus, your parents offered doves bought in the temple as a sign of their devotion and they dedicated you to God. It was their prayer.
Now doves are the signal of trafficking in holy things for selfish gain.
Faith is turned into a business.
Devotion becomes the occasion for prostitution
and the temple has become a spiritual brothel.
Is it because you have become an adult — the anointed One
with God in your eyes and you shine like the light in God’s house?
You say, “My house.”
You say, “My house shall be.”
You say, “My house shall be called.”
You say, “My house shall be called a house of prayer.”
You say, “My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations.”
You say, “but you … but you have made it a den of robbers.”
The “but” speaks truth leading to doom.
And you say it anyway.
Like some fierce force of reckoning the confrontation comes.
Like some strange mercy,
you upset our grotesque compromise with self,
our easy complicity with turning the holy to whoring,
our complacency about marketing the means of grace.
Do the doves go free on this day when you become the target of the lynch mob? What does it mean for us to follow you, today?
Let your courage and honesty live in us this Holy Tuesday.
Let your passion for the heart of prayer stir in us this Holy Tuesday.
Let your yearning for the prayer of all nations
move us beyond our narrow nationalisms
of me and mine,
of cashing in on others poverty and misery,
Let your will to cleanse away the merchandizing of salvation
leave in us only
a simple silence,
a centered stillness,
an eternal moment of peace.
Live in your temple, Jesus, this Holy Tuesday
and let the doves go free.
Live in a time of silence, even if only for a minute