As John remembered it,
Jesus began his ministry
(after making a miracle of joy
for an ordinary couple’s wedding)
by turning over tables
in the Temple.
For John, it wasn’t the last straw –
it was the inauguration,
“God’s house is not a marketplace!”
Though the fact the other gospel writers
mention it near the end
probably means –
he did it every time he saw
a holy space become a robber’s den.
Mark remembered that Jesus said,
“God’s house shall be called
a house of prayer for all nations.”
For what nation
have you prayed today?
And, if you are or will be soon
in-person at worship,
are your church tables right-way-up
and holding grace for all?
Art — 6th century, Rossano Gospel, Calabria Italy https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Rossano_Gospels_-_Cleansing_of_the_Temple.jpg