Consider your ways!
- 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.
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.
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