Monday 2020: Cleansing the temple

Monday morning:
disinfecting doorknobs,
disaffecting traders,
tilting tables to
wipe them down,
zealously sanitizing
sacred space, swiping
between compassion
and contempt;
mask slipping,
brow sweating,
having tested positive
for mortality

Also from Monday’s Daily Office readings:

How lonely sits the city that was full of people! – Lamentations 1:1

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort, too. – 2 Corinthians 1:3-5

The first posting of this entry linked to a classical image of Jesus cleansing the Temple. On an immediate closer review, I discovered that this image contained caricatures and stereotypes which I would never wish to disseminate. I apologize sincerely for the initial oversight and hope and trust that the image has been successfully removed.

About Rosalind C Hughes

Rosalind C Hughes is a priest and author living near the shores of Lake Erie. After growing up in England and Wales, and living briefly in Singapore, she is now settled in Ohio. She serves an Episcopal church just outside Cleveland. Rosalind is the author of A Family Like Mine: Biblical Stories of Love, Loss, and Longing , and Whom Shall I Fear? Urgent Questions for Christians in an Age of Violence, both from Upper Room Books. She loves the lake, misses the ocean, and is finally coming to terms with snow.
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