Holy Week with the Existentialists – Monday: Rage / Anointing / Clearing the Temple


Monday – Rage / Anointing / Clearing the Temple
Mt. 21:10-17; Mk 11:15-18; Lk. 19:45-48

“As if the blind rage had washed me clean, rid me of hope; for the first time, in that night alive with signs and stars, I opened myself to the gentle indifference of the world.”

Albert Camus, The Outsider

“What is unbelief but the despair, dictated by the dominant powers, that nothing can really change?”

Ched Myers, Binding the Strong Man


Meditation – Make some space to think

When it comes to injustice, oppression, ecological destruction and exploitation it can feel easy to despair. The call for justice is simply too demanding. Yet time and again we hear that call in our own sense of be(com)ing human, and in the life and inspiration of Jesus.

Where we stand, how to act, what to say or do, become questions of imagination – is another world possible, or not?… What drives us to keep going? Ched Myers political study of Mark re-frames questions about belief as an act of imagination. What funds the dreaming of an alternate reality of justice, equity and peace?

What do you think Jesus was imagining as he tore through the temple traders? Did he realise that he may be setting up a conflict with the status-quo which would only intensify through the week?


Allow your thoughts and prayers to dwell on Jesus’ rage against the abuse of temple and people.
As you are inspired, let your prayers be guided by these; pray for the world, your community, and those you know.



Fight The Power by Public Enemy
Innocent Man by Rag ‘n’ Bone Man

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Welcome to this series of Lent Reflections.

These reflections can be used in conjunction with the second Lent Album,
‘One Day Like This’, which is intended to evoke both space and mood.

Existentialist thinkers were concerned with how it feels to be alive. An awareness that we are alive—in any situation—reinforces a sense of identity. What do moments in time give to our awareness of who we are, where we fit in the world, in our communities, in the universe?

Holy Week is the most vivid and emotional week of the Church calendar. In it we see Jesus and his followers going through extreme human emotions; celebration, hope, doubt, fear, friendship, betrayal, isolation and surprise—emotions that we all encounter through our lives. The sharp contours of our lives, struggles and joys all contain the touch of divinity.

These daily meditations invite you to reflect upon your moments in time and place. They remind us that extremities of human experience can make us feel fully alive or totally isolated. Yet in sharing our experience, we realise that we are not alone; there is solidarity in humanity, and solidarity with the very human Christ.

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