Friday: 23rd November, 2018
Reference text: Luke 19:45-48
Luke 19:46 Saying unto them, It is written, My house shall be house of prayer: but ye have made it a den of thieves.
Improvisation and adaptation in one context, can imply taking things that are for a known and defined purpose, and using them for other things. As an example, even though a soccer stadium is built for the purpose of soccer matches, many of these venues are now used for other events: boxing matches and even music concerts. But mind you, the initial purpose remains “functioning as a soccer pitch”.
This gives us the background to today’s Gospel text: the people of Jesus’ day had identified a way to ‘enhance’ the functionality of the temple with some trading, that was okay at least. However, the reason Jesus was fuming is the extent to which they had gone to establish their businesses. In essence, they had clearly ignored or completely forgotten that the building they were in, was the house of God.
Beloved, the fact that one has identified an alternative use for an item or a place, does not mean that the original purpose for which that item is in existence needs to be thrown out the door. If we forget the actual reason and purpose behind the existence of some things, we may end up losing their true value.
We need to return to the basics, to the foundations and original reasonings behind some of the decisions we have made. Why did we get married? Why did we apply for that job? Why have we changed careers? Why have we began that project? This is because along the way, other things which seem more ‘exciting’, but cause us to veer off from our original intention, may come across our path.
It is only when we remember the original plan and intentions behind our decisions, that we can find our way back to the right starting point.
Remember # don’t forget the primary rationale behind your choices, they are necessary.