Why do we find it so easy to underestimate God? The intimidating fear that we often fall back on usually comes from our own mistakes, not from God's opinion of us. It's so much more accurate to think of the "hound of heaven" who pursues us relentlessly out of love and concern, even in our worst moments. That same God did not hesitate to send his only Son to suffering and death to prove that point. Even when we feel most abandoned and alone, we can discover that God has been there all along, only a breath away.
The Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 In the temple he found those who were selling oxen and sheep and pigeons, and the money-changers sitting there. 15 And making a whip of cords, he drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and oxen. And he poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables. 16 And he told those who sold the pigeons, “Take these things away; do not make my Father's house a house of trade.”17 His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.”
“Yet even now, says the Lord, return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; rend your hearts and not your clothing.” (Joel 2:12).
The Lenten season begins. It is a time to be with you, Lord, in a special way, a time to pray, to fast, and thus to follow you on your way to Jerusalem, to Golgotha, and to the final victory over death.