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Friends, in today’s Gospel, the Jews ask Jesus for a sign, and he blithely comments, “Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up.” One of the most startling claims that Jesus made about himself is that the people of Israel should come to him for those goods that they formerly sought in the temple: forgiveness, teaching, and healing. And he confirmed this identification when making this statement after purifying the temple of the money changers.

The bystanders remark on the absurdity of this claim, reminding him that the construction of this Herodian version of the sacred place had taken forty-six years. The author of the Gospel provides the indispensable gloss: “But he was speaking about the temple of his body.” In a word, Jesus himself is the very particular “place” where the God of Israel, who cannot be contained by the entire universe, deigned in a unique and unrepeatable way to dwell.

The temple known to Jesus and his followers would be obliterated just forty years after the time of Christ. But the temple of Jesus’ Body, the Church, will endure forever. 

Lent Reflections

Daily Lent Reflections from Bishop Barron

3rd week of Lent

Sunday

March 3

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2nd week of Lent

Saturday

March 2

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Friday

March 1

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Thursday

February 29

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Wednesday

February 28

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Tuesday

February 27

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Monday

February 26

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Sunday

February 25

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1st week of Lent

Saturday

February 24

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Friday

February 23

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Thursday

February 22

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Wednesday

February 21

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Tuesday

February 20

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Monday

February 19

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Sunday

February 18

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Week of Ash Wednesday

Saturday

February 17

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Friday

February 16

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Thursday

February 15

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Wednesday

February 14

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