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Consider your ways!

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Today’s Readings

  • Reading I:  Haggai 1:1-8
  • Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 149
  • Gospel Reading: Luke 9:7-9

Haggai and the Temple

Haggai is mentioned together with Zechariah in Ezra 5 as those prophets who protested against the discontinuation of the rebuilding of the Temple. In Haggai 1:1-8, the prophet attributes the economic difficulties of the Jews to the ruined state of the Temple. The prophecy can be summarized thus: "Build the temple that all may go well with you" (vv. 7-11). Read more >>>

In Ezra 6:7-20 (passim) it was mentioned that due to the interference of the Samaritans, the rebuilding of the second temple was stopped. It is at this point that Haggai’s ministry begins. In response to the remark of certain people that it is not yet the time to rebuild God’s temple, Haggai pronounces his oracle beginning with the words "Consider your ways!" It is a phrase that called for a conversion towards a commitment for the House of the Lord.

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You have sown much, but have brought in little;
you have eaten, but have not been satisfied;
You have drunk, but have not been exhilarated;
have clothed yourselves, but not been warmed;
And whoever earned wages earned them for a bag with holes in it.

Haggai is saying that all that Judah has achieved up to that moment lacked in fulness. In Tagalog, "ang lahat ay bitin." And this will continue until God Himself will take pleasure in the the Temple of His glory. Behind the idea is an understanding of the relationship between God and His people such that while God is unsatisfied, His people will remain unsatisfied.

Herod’s Desire To See Jesus

This short passage about Herod’s state of mind is sandwiched between the sending of the Twelve and their return. Suddenly, the whole ministry of Jesus is placed under the shadow of death.

The Gospel of Luke does not include a narration of the death of the Baptist at the hand of Herod. But it is the only Gospel that shows Herod’s open hostility to Jesus (see 13:31;23:11-12).

Read more about Herod’s interest in Jesus at the Bible Journal.

Haggai 1:1-8
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1In the second year of Darius the king, in the sixth month, in the first day of the month, the word of the Lord came by the hand of Aggeus the prophet, to Zorobabel the son of Salathiel, governor of Juda, and to Jesus the son of Josedec the high priest, saying:
2Thus saith the Lord of hosts, saying: This people saith: The time is not yet come for building the house of the Lord.
3And the word of the Lord came by the hand of Aggeus the prophet, saying:
4Is it time for you to dwell in ceiled houses, and this house lie desolate?
5And now thus saith the Lord of hosts: Set your hearts to consider your ways.
6You have sowed much, and brought in little: you have eaten, but have not had enough: you have drunk, but have not been filled with drink: you have clothed yourselves, but have not been warmed: and he that hath earned wages, put them into a bag with holes.
7Thus saith the Lord of hosts: Set Your hearts upon your ways:
8Go up to the mountain, bring timber, and build the house: and it shall be acceptable to me, and I shall be glorified, saith the Lord.
Luke 9:7-9
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7Now Herod, the tetrarch, heard of all things that were done by him; and he was in a doubt, because it was said
8By some, that John was risen from the dead: but by other some, that Elias had appeared; and by others, that one of the old prophets was risen again.
9And Herod said: John I have beheaded; but who is this of whom I hear such things? And he sought to see him.
Haggai 1:1-8
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1In the second year of Darius the king, in the sixth month, in the first day of the month, the word of the Lord came by the hand of Aggeus the prophet, to Zorobabel the son of Salathiel, governor of Juda, and to Jesus the son of Josedec the high priest, saying:
2Thus saith the Lord of hosts, saying: This people saith: The time is not yet come for building the house of the Lord.
3And the word of the Lord came by the hand of Aggeus the prophet, saying:
4Is it time for you to dwell in ceiled houses, and this house lie desolate?
5And now thus saith the Lord of hosts: Set your hearts to consider your ways.
6You have sowed much, and brought in little: you have eaten, but have not had enough: you have drunk, but have not been filled with drink: you have clothed yourselves, but have not been warmed: and he that hath earned wages, put them into a bag with holes.
7Thus saith the Lord of hosts: Set Your hearts upon your ways:
8Go up to the mountain, bring timber, and build the house: and it shall be acceptable to me, and I shall be glorified, saith the Lord.
Ezra 6:7-20
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7And let that temple of God be built by the governor of the Jews, and by their ancients, that they may build that house of God in its place.
8I also have commanded what must be done by those ancients of the Jews, that the house of God may be built, to wit, that of the king's chest, that is, of the tribute that is paid out of the country beyond the river, the charges be diligently given to those men, lest the work be hindered.
9And if it shall be necessary, let calves also, and lambs, and kids, for holocausts to the God of heaven, wheat, salt, wine, and oil, according to the custom of the priests that are in Jerusalem, be given them day by day, that there be no complaint in any thing.
10And let them offer oblations to the God of heaven, and pray for the life of the king, and of his children.
11And I have made a decree: That if any whosoever, shall alter this commandment, a beam be taken from his house. and set up, and he be nailed upon it, and his house be confiscated.
12And may the God, that hath caused his name to dwell there, destroy all kingdoms, and the people that shall put out their hand to resist, and to destroy the house of God, that is in Jerusalem. I Darius have made the decree, which I will have diligently complied with.
13So then Thathanai, governor of the country beyond the river, and Stharbuzanai, and his counsellors diligently executed what Darius the king had commanded.
14And the ancients of the Jews built and prospered according to the prophecy of Aggeus the prophet, and of Zacharias the son of Addo: and they built and finished, by the commandment of the God of Israel, and by the commandment of Cyrus, and Darius, and Artaxerxes kings of the Persians.
15And they were finishing this house of God, until the third day of the month of Adar, which was in the sixth year of the reign of king Darius.
16And the children of Israel, the priests and the Levites, and the rest of the children of the captivity kept the dedication of the house of God with joy.
17And they offered at the dedication of the house of God, a, hundred calves, two hundred rams, four hundred lambs, and for a sin offering for all Israel twelve he goats, according to the number of the tribes of Israel.
18And they set the priests in their divisions, and the Levites in their courses over the works of God in Jerusalem, as it is written in the book of Moses.
19And the children of Israel of the captivity kept the phase, on the fourteenth day of the first month.
20For all the priests and the Levites were purified as one man: all were clear to kill the phase for all the children of the captivity, and for their brethren the priests, and themselves.

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