20The Jews then said, ‘This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and will you raise it up in three days?’ 21But he was speaking of the temple of his body. 22After he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this; and they believed the scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.

As happens so often in the Gospels, the religious leadership responds to Jesus’ spiritual words with the dense misunderstanding of the flesh. They are unable, or perhaps unwilling, to see the deep spiritual truth to which Jesus points. They fail to heed the call of the depths to which Jesus summons them. They have too much to protect on the surface to be willing to launch out into the depths. They cannot afford to heed the deep call of trust and faith in every word Jesus speaks.

Jesus said,

Truly I tell you, it will be hard for a rich person to enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 19:23)

Bellini Blood of the Redeemer 1460-1465 Venice, Italy

The greater my riches, in whatever form, the more I have to protect and preserve. The more I am able to establish the illusion of security in this time-bound material realm, the more difficult it is for me to let go of the edge and swim out into the depths.

I wonder what I am seeking to protect that keeps me from listening to the deep challenge of love that Jesus brings? What insecurity, uncertainty, or doubt hampers my ability, or my willingness, to open to the power of love that is my true nature?

When I cling to the safe familiarity of the known, I miss the power of the Spirit which is stronger than death and more lasting than all the scaffolding I have ever erected in an attempt to keep myself feeling safe.

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What am I clinging to that inhibits me from truly giving myself to the reckless adventure of love to which I am called?