Mikurab/ ምኩራብ-3rd Sunday of The Holy Great Fast
'Mikurab/ ምኩራብ' The third Sunday of the Great Fast (Abiy Tsom) is called “Mikurab”, which is a Ge’ez word meaning synagogue. The name Mikurab is named after the song of Saint Yared for the Sunday. On this date, Our Lord and Savior Eyesus Kristos shows his authority and demonstrated the importance of keeping the temple/church holy and honoring God’s house as a place of prayer but nothing else.
“13 And the Jews' passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
14 And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting:
15 And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers' money, and overthrew the tables;
16 And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father's house an house of merchandise.
17 And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up.
This teaching was crucial for those people who had gotten so used to seeing (and doing) merchandising in the temple that they perhaps didn’t even know it was a big sin. This teaching is also very crucial for our generation that we should always remember Our Lord and Savior Eyesus Kristos gave us salvation and eternal life for free. There's a place for everything and we shouldn't be selling and buying in the church as Our Lord and Savior Eyesus Kristos ordered us. We Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Christine shouldn't come to church to profit world matters but to receive eternal life and salvation for free.
We Christians are the temple of God. We always needs to keep our body (God's temple) clean by believing and following the Apostolic doctrine and orders.
“16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.”
We must stand in-front of Our Lord and Savior Eyesus Kristos and plead him always to keep his temple (our body) on the right path which he established and passed it to the Apostles.
May Medhanealem Grant us to See the Light of His Resurrection in Peace!