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Saturday, 8 April 2017

Changed!

Holy Week. I am posting a meditation by Sue Chew who I met on an Author’s Week in the Iona Community. It imagines the reaction of a money changer to Jesus cleansing the Temple. I asked Sue for permission to post it as it stands in sharp contrast to my own ‘A Temple Trader’s Rant’ and ‘A Temple Trader’s Glee’, giving a glimpse of the possible range of attitudes that Jesus’ actions that day might have provoked: a mirror of attitudes today, perhaps. Thank you Sue.


I was only doing my job,
As my grandfather and father had done before me.
They taught me all I know.
Money-changers  and sellers of livestock for sacrifice,
that was our trade.
That was what the worshippers needed and indeed expected of us.
Well, we may not have given them a fair exchange for their money,
but  everyone did it, not just our family.
Getting a bit extra where  we could, they would never know.

Then it happened.

I was just sitting there when he came into the courtyard .
He headed straight for  my table.
The next thing I knew
my table was overturned.
Coins rolling across the floor into every nook and cranny
Cages were flung open, doves and pigeons flying free,
It was chaos
And he said
‘My house shall be called a house of prayer
but you have made it a den of thieves‘

He looked straight at me.

I was only doing my job, or was I ?
For the first time in my life I felt maybe I wasn't doing what was expected of me.
But he was.
He was doing his Father's will
In his Father's house.
That encounter changed my life in more ways than one ,
Not only my life, but the lives of many.
In fact he changed the world .
           

© Sue Chew.  March  2017

Sue is a self supporting minister in the parishes  of St Andrew Haughton le Skerne Darlington and St Andrew Sadberge in the diocese of Durham. Sue says 
'I  enjoy writing creatively  to bring a different dimension especially to the more familiar Bible passages and have an interest in drawing on the multi-sensory together with symbolic actions where appropriate to engage in worship.'

'A Temple Trader’s Rant' can be found HERE and ‘A Temple Trader’s Glee’ can be found HERE    

Ten thousand billion suns - A scintilla of God’s Universe

Ten thousand billion suns - A scintilla of God’s Universe
It is currently thought that the Universe has at least 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 stars! Hence the use of the word ‘scintilla’ for a mere ten thousand billion.

Cross and Particle Accelerator (CGI)

Cross and Particle Accelerator (CGI)
Cross and Particle Accelerator. The words of 'A Prayer for Understanding' can be viewed by clicking on this image

Nebula (Embroidery)

Nebula (Embroidery)
Nebula (Embroidery) to accompany the poem 'Invitation' which can be found by clicking on the image.

Orange Galaxy

Orange Galaxy
'Orange Galaxy' posted to accompany 'Bounded and Boundless'. Go to the poem by clicking on the image.

Cosmic Icon 7 Summerflower

Cosmic Icon 7 Summerflower
Cosmic Icon 7 - Summerflower Nebula (Acrylic)

Cosmic Ikon 8 Moth

Cosmic Ikon 8 Moth
Cosmic Ikon 8: Moth Nebula(imagined-acrylic) The Gold field of deep space is intended to convey the Lordship of Christ over the whole of the Cosmos

Surprise garden rose (Photo)

Surprise garden rose (Photo)
This beautiful head of roses in our garden, which are giving off a delightful perfume in the morning sun, seems a fitting picture to link to the sonnet 'Evolution and Beauty'. Let the picture take you there. It is a surprise because it is growing high on a bush of otherwise pure yellow roses: amazing!

Cross and Vortex

Cross and Vortex
'Cross and Vortex' to accompany 'Stars and Planets Sing Your Glory'. Click on the image to go to the poem/hymn.

Gaseous Cosmic Threads (Mixed media)

Gaseous Cosmic Threads (Mixed media)
Gaseous Cosmic Threads: Mixed media - acrylics and painted threads

St Francis’ Sky (Photo)

St Francis’ Sky (Photo)
Warm Umbrian Hills: Click image to take you to the poem St Francis' Sky

Cosmic Labyrinth (CGI)

Cosmic Labyrinth (CGI)
'Cosmic Labyrinth' - This icon is a symbol of the path through the near reaches of the Cosmos with its 'Havens' where current advances in science (2012/13) are celebrated. By clicking on the picture you will be taken to the latest version of the poem of the same name.

Cross of Autumn Leaves (cropped Photo)

Cross of Autumn Leaves (cropped Photo)
Time, perhaps to consider a restorative break before the approach of Advent/ Christmas. Let this image take you to 'On Drawing Apart'.

IONA: The Marble Quarry (Photo)

IONA: The Marble Quarry (Photo)
On the South shore of Iona is a bay which shows the industrial scarring of a beautiful place. Read of it by clicking on the picture

Cross and simple Prayer rope (Photo)

Cross and simple Prayer rope (Photo)
Cross and simple prayer rope: make one like this to use as an aid to using ‘The Jesus Prayer'