Sunday, March 8, 2015

God Gets Our Attention

But Jesus would not trust himself to them because he knew them all, and did not need anyone to testify about human nature. He himself understood it well.  – John 2:25
When I read this gospel reading about Jesus driving out the money-changers from the temple, I often wonder if he was really angry or whether he was just trying to get everyone’s attention.
God chooses different ways to get our attention.
Sometimes it is like a soft breeze. Maybe we read something that touches us.
Sometimes it is like a heavy wind. Maybe it’s a homily that seems to be directed right at us.
Then, every once in awhile, a big storm hits, and we know God wants our attention.
Lent is a great time to drive out the money-changers. Lent is a great time to get our attention. With all the special Lenten practices we do, we seem to be more open.
Jesus changes us. He changes our hearts. Both as individuals and as a church.
I am reminded of the clergy sexual abuse scandal in Lent of 2002. That caused a storm in our Church and a storm in my own personal life. It certainly caught my attention.
I wrote my story of suffering as an incest survivor as a way to work through the pain and to help other survivors. What I discovered was more healing in myself.
Jesus knows our hearts. He knows how to get our attention so he can change us, so he can heal us. Jesus knows how to shake things up.
He knows how to shake us up.
How about you? Did Jesus get your attention lately?

Dear Lord, sometimes when you get my attention, it is not too comfortable. But I know it is necessary to change my mind and heart. Help me to listen better, Lord. Change my heart.


Michael said...

Great post, Colleen. I often wonder the same thing about this passage. And I often forget that God always knows the right way to get our attention! God Bless you!

Colleen said...

Michael, thank you for your faithful visits and comments. God bless.