2:13 The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.

Passover was an intense time for Jews in Jesus’ day. Jerusalem would have been packed with pilgrims. They would have travelled over treacherous terrain to reach their holy city. Many of them would have come from great distances to celebrate the deliverance they believed God had brought to their people in the past and to pray for the freedom they longed for in the present. For many, it would be a dream come true to spend Passover at worship in the crowded Temple in Jerusalem.

It is tempting to be drawn to the excitement and stimulation of the crowd. It is easy to become addicted to the adrenalin rush and energy of the grand event, the dazzling spectacle.

But, in these days of COVID, life comes more slowly, more gently. The stimulation of the crowd is no longer available. We must find other means of motivation.

Perhaps it is possible to allow Lent to draw us to that deeper place where we are less dependent upon the flash and dazzle of Jerusalem at Passover.

This season particularly calls us to go deeper, to listen more carefully, to heed within ourselves that voice of truth and wisdom that is never silent.

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What are the forces in my life from which my actions and words emerge? What strategies do I need to implement in my life to help me open more deeply to the quiet subtle movements of God’s Spirit who moves me to live in a more life-giving way?

Christ Expulses the Money Changers Caravaggio (1610) Italy