parents that he must be about his Father’s business.
there each year during his hidden life at least for Passover.
public ministry itself was patterned by his pilgrimages to Jerusa
lem for the great Jewish feasts.
Jesus went up to the Temple as the privileged place of
encounter with God. For him, the Temple was the dwelling of his
Father, a house of prayer, and he was angered that its outer court
had become a place of commerce.
He drove merchants out of it
because of jealous love for his Father: “You shall not makemy Father’s
house a house of trade. His disciples remembered that it was written,
‘Zeal for your house will consume me.’”
After his Resurrection his
apostles retained their reverence for the Temple.
On the threshold of his Passion Jesus announced the coming
destruction of this splendid building, of which there would not
remain “one stone upon another.”
By doing so, he announced a
sign of the last days, which were to begin with his own Passover.
But this prophecywould be distorted in its telling by falsewitnesses
during his interrogation at the high priest’s house and would be
thrown back at him as an insult when he was nailed to the cross.
Far from having been hostile to the Temple, where he gave
the essential part of his teaching, Jesus was willing to pay the
temple-tax, associating with him Peter, whom he had just made the
foundation of his future Church.
He even identified himself
with the Temple by presenting himself as God’s definitive dwell-
ing-place among men.
Therefore his being put to bodily death
presaged the destruction of the Temple, which would manifest
the dawning of a new age in the history of salvation: “The hour is
coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you
worship the Father.”
2:13-14; 5:1, 14; 7:1, 10, 14; 8:2; 10:22-23.
2:46; 3:1; 5:20, 21; etc.
8:4; 16:18; 17:24-27;