Homily for November 18th, 2016. Luke 19:45-48.
For Jesus’ people, the Jews, the
Temple in was the earthly dwelling place of
God. God, the creator and ruler of the world, was there as truly as he is the
tabernacle today in every Catholic Church the world over. A modern biblical
scholar writes: “When Jesus enters the Jerusalem Temple,
or is in the Temple, the Temple
is really the .” What those words mean is this: when
Jesus, who is God made visible in human form, is in the Temple , then God’s presence, normally
invisible, becomes visible. Temple
This truth of faith, that in baptism we become temples or dwelling places of God, corrects a widespread but false conception of what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. Christian discipleship is not a striving after high ideals which constantly elude us. Rather it is living up to what, through baptism, we have already become and are: God’s adopted sons and daughters, partakers of God’s nature, members of Christ’s body, co-heirs with him of God’s kingdom, and temples – dwelling places -- of God’s Holy Spirit.