“Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up”

This reading could not have come at a more appropriate time. In John 2:13-22, we see Jesus angered at the money changers and vendors in the Temple. God’s wisdom and timing is amazing.

Since the Passover of the Jews was near,
Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
He found in the temple area those who sold oxen, sheep, and doves,
as well as the money-changers seated there.
He made a whip out of cords
and drove them all out of the temple area, with the sheep and oxen,
and spilled the coins of the money-changers
and overturned their tables,
and to those who sold doves he said,
“Take these out of here,
and stop making my Father’s house a marketplace.”
His disciples recalled the words of Scripture,
“Zeal for your house will consume me.”
At this the Jews answered and said to him,
“What sign can you show us for doing this?”
Jesus answered and said to them,
Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up.”
The Jews said,
“This temple has been under construction for forty-six years,
and you will raise it up in three days?”
But he was speaking about the temple of his Body.
Therefore, when he was raised from the dead,
his disciples remembered that he had said this,
and they came to believe the Scripture
and the word Jesus had spoken.

Normally, I would personally reflect on today’s reading. Instead, because of so much angst over the results of the U.S. presidential election, I want to share a Facebook posting by Father James Martin, SJ, which may be comforting to them. It reflects on this reading from the Gospel of John. It made me feel better. I hope it helps you if you are feeling despondent.

The line I chose out of this reading was Jesus talking about the temple of His Body. We can perhaps also think of it as a response to those times when we feel torn down spiritually or emotionally. We can let Jesus build us back up, recalling the degradation and death he faced and endured then overcame, rising again on the third day. Let Jesus be our inspiration, our spiritual guide and power. Praise God.

For your further consideration, I find Father Martin an affable, inspirational writer and comforter during difficult times. You might consider following him on Facebook and reading his messages and the America Magazine for which he is a contributor and editor. Let me know if you find any of this helpful.

And God grant you peace and comfort in this difficult time. God loves you so much. I love you, too, my sisters and brothers. Let us unite in God’s love.


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