Holy Monday: turning the tables

As Jesus and his disciples approach Jerusalem they see a fig tree with no fruit. Jesus curses the tree:


The fig tree withers later, and Jesus tells his disciples that they have that same power: whatever they ask for in prayer they will receive.

When he reaches the temple, Jesus destroys the space used by moneylenders and traders, telling them that they have turned the house of prayer into a den of thieves, just as it was written:

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The people are still amazed at Jesus’ teaching and his popularity scares the Jewish leaders.


The tide is turning against Jesus, just a day after his triumphant entry into Jerusalem, but on his rollercoaster week, there’s no turning back.