Taking Sides?

He made a kind of whip of cords and drove sheep and oxen alike out of the temple area, and knocked over the money-changers' tables, spilling their coins

John 2:15
Exodus 20:1-17; Psalm 19:8-11; I Corinthians 1:22-25; John 2:13-25

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Third Sunday of Lent, B

A husband and wife, together with their teenage son, were invited to a neighbor’s wedding. For the boy, it was the first time attending such an affair. As the family entered the Church, an usher extended his elbow and asked, “Are you on the bride’s side or the groom’s?” Before his parents could respond, the boy whispered, “Are they taking sides already?”

Into every loving relationship comes the inevitable quarrel that moves those involved into their respective corners, holding fast to their version of the truth. And as the saying goes, there are three sides to every story: Yours, mine, and the truth.

From a more sensitive perspective, a pastor has written that a lover’s quarrel “is like a storm at sea; all the fury is on the surface, but underneath there is a deep current of love.” -1

Engraved on the tombstone of poet Robert Frost are these words: “I had a lover’s quarrel with the world.” Frost himself chose that epitaph. What…

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