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Part One

parents that he must be about his Father’s business.

350

He went

there each year during his hidden life at least for Passover.

351

His

public ministry itself was patterned by his pilgrimages to Jerusa­

lem for the great Jewish feasts.

352

584

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.

353

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.’”

354

After his Resurrection his

apostles retained their reverence for the Temple.

355

585

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.”

356

By doing so, he announced a

sign of the last days, which were to begin with his own Passover.

357

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.

358

586

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.

359

He even identified himself

with the Temple by presenting himself as God’s definitive dwell-

ing-place among men.

360

Therefore his being put to bodily death

361

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.”

362

350 Cf.

Lk

2:46-49.

351 Cf.

Lk

2:41.

352 Cf.

Jn

2:13-14; 5:1, 14; 7:1, 10, 14; 8:2; 10:22-23.

353 Cf.

Mt

21:13

354

Jn

2:16-17; cf.

Ps

69:10.

355 Cf.

Acts

2:46; 3:1; 5:20, 21; etc.

356 Cf.

Mt

24:1-2.

357 Cf.

Mt

24:3;

Lk

13:35.

358 Cf.

Mk

14:57-58:

Mt

27:39-40.

359 Cf.

Mt

8:4; 16:18; 17:24-27;

Lk

17:14;

Jn

4:22; 18:20.

360 Cf.

Jn

2:21;

Mt

12:6.

361 Cf.

Jn

2:18-22.

362

Jn

4:21; cf.

Jn

4:23-24;

Mt

27:51;

Heb

9:11;

Rev

21:22.

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