2:14In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money-changers seated at their tables. 

I wonder what my temple is full of. What are the things, ambitions, stories, desires, needs, wants, and demands that clutter my interior space?

I give myself so readily to the detritus that fills the surface of life. I am attracted by anything that glitters or holds the promise of stimulation or distraction. The interesting tidbits and fancy bobbles I collect do little but fill the space of my life and make it less comfortable for me to live simply and peacefully on this earth.

What will it take for me to confront the “cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money-changers seated

Christ Cleansing the Temple Pieter Aertsen (16c.) Dutch

at their tables” in my life?

Lent is a time for self-examination. It is an opportunity to take a moment, step aside from the jumble and make a little space for honesty and clarity. What aspects of my life, get in the way of my experience of Life?

How much of what I spend so much time striving for do I really need? Where does true fulfillment lie? How much is all that I accumulate, the enemy of that spaciousness and openness which is the true longing of my heart and the meaning of my humanity? How much energy do I expend on just passing time?

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How willing am I to really look at those forces that drive the exterior circumstances of my life? How is my view of life altered when I look from a more spacious, steady and peaceful place of being? What superficial distractions can I put aside in order to allow space for my spirit to expand?