Jesus, the New Temple

Sunday’s Readings

Thanks to mom and dad, Samuel finds himself in God’s temple.   The good news, this where God lives.  The bad news, this is where the womanizing priests, Hophini and Phineas lived.   As St Paul said to the Corinthians, even if you are a priest in God’s temple, if you immoral, you forfeit God’s presence.   It was Hophini and Phineas, who ate the meat reserved for God’s offering prompting the Psalmist to say,  “Sacrifice and offerings are not nearly as importance as saying yes to God’s will in obedience.”

Even though the temple wasn’t all that it used to be, it was where God lived.   That’s why Samuel’s parents sent him to live in the temple.  It’s was Jesus’ mother’ lived in the temple.    Like Samuel, her parents offered her as their offering to God.   Offering your kids to serve God was common.  Taylor Marshall writes:

Exodus 38:8 mentions women who “watch (צָבָא) at the door of the tabernacle.”  The second is in 1 Samuel:   “Now Heli was very old, and he heard all that his sons did to all Israel: and how they lay with the women that waited (צָבָא) at the door of the tabernacle:” (1 Samuel 2:22, D-R).  In both of the verses above, Hebrew verb for “watch” and “waited” is the same. It is the Hebrew word צָבָא, which is the same verb used to described the liturgical activity of the Levites (see Num 4:23; 8:24).”

If God’s presence is in the temple, why didn’t Jesus find His disciples watching, waiting in the temple?  Instead, Jesus discovers and calls the apostles on the beaches of Galilee.”  The apostles were watching and waiting.  They were searching for the Messiah like you would search for silver.

Why?   The Church teaches, “With Jesus’ Resurrection the new Temple will begin: the living body of Jesus Christ, which will now stand in the sight of God and be the place of all worship. Into this body he incorporates men. “It” is a man: “Christ is the true temple of God, ‘the place where his glory dwells’; by the grace of God, Christians also become temples of the Holy Spirit, living stones out of which the Church is built” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1197). Through baptism we become joined to the one Body of Christ, and that Body, the Church, is the “one temple of the Holy Spirit” (CCC, 776).

 

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