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I Will Fill This House with Glory

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Today’s Readings

  • Reading I:  Haggai 2:1-9
  • Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 43
  • Gospel Reading: Luke 9:18-22

The Glory of the Future Temple

In Haggai 2:1-9, the prophet answers those who are saying that the completed Temple looks dismal and that it lacks the glory of the old one. Noteworthy in this prophecy is the reiteration of God’s promise "I am with you." There is also the words "One moment yet, a little while" which is echoed in John’s Gospel. "A little while" is the period of time which separates present hardship from future glory. Finally, God’s future temple will be far more glorious than the first one. This prophecy does not refer to the temple that King Herod will build and which the disciples will be marvellling at. It refers to the Temple of the Lord, His Body. Thus, with Haggai’s voice, we hear the announcement of the Church. (More from AgustinongPinoy Bible Notes)

The oracle from Haggai stresses God’s declaration: "I am with you"(v.4). It is also a promise that what Zerubbabel, Joshua and the ‘am-ha’aretz ("people of the land") have begun will be finished by Him. The declaration "My Spirit is in your midst" (v.5) is not a repetition of "I am with you". This second declaration recalls the "Spirit of God" at the beginning of Creation and tells us that here, God is involved in a new Creation. He will shake the divisions of the universe (heaven-earth;sea-dry land) and all the nations like someone shaking his piggy-bank, and fill up His Temple with glory.

God promises a better, more glorious Temple. He was not referring to the Temple that Herod would later on build, the Temple whose stones and decorations made Judah a tourist spot during the time of Jesus. He was referring to the Temple that is Jesus’ Body, "the fulness of Him who fills the whole earth", as Paul would say.

Who Do You Say Am I?

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The question that Herod asks in v. 9 is answered (Who is this about whom I hear such things?) in the accound of Peter’s Confession. In Luke’s version, Jesus poses the question to his disciples in an atmosphere of prayer, something characteristic of Luke who portrays Jesus as the model of prayer.

It is to be noted that in Luke, the episode involving Peter’s rebuke to Jesus’ intimations of failure and death, has been suppressed. Instead, after predicting his death for the first time, Jesus immediately tells the disciples about their relationship to the cross. Unlike Mark, Luke preserves a certain respect for Peter who will figure prominently in the second part of his gospel, the Acts of the Apostles.

Haggai 2:1-9
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1In the four and twentieth day of the month, in the sixth month, in the second year of Darius the king, they began.
2And in the seventh month, the word of the Lord came by the hand of Aggeus the prophet, saying:
3Speak to Zorobabel the son of Salathiel the governor of Juda, and to Jesus the son of Josedec the high priest, and to the rest of the people, saying:
4Who is left among you, that saw this house in its first glory? and how do you see it now? is it not in comparison to that as nothing in your eyes?
5Yet now take courage, O Zorobabel, saith the Lord, and take courage, O Jesus the son of Josedec the high priest, and take courage, all ye people of the land, saith the Lord of hosts: and perform (for I am with you, saith the Lord of hosts)
6The word that I covenanted with you when you came out of the land of Egypt: and my spirit shall be in the midst of you: fear not.
7For thus saith the Lord of hosts: Yet one little while, and I will move the heaven and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land.
8And I will move all nations: AND THE DESIRED OF ALL NATIONS SHALL COME: and I will fill this house with glory: saith the Lord of hosts.
9The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the Lord of hosts.
Luke 9:18-22
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18And it came to pass, as he was alone praying, his disciples also were with him: and he asked them, saying: Whom do the people say that I am?
19But they answered, and said: John the Baptist; but some say Elias; and others say that one of the former prophets is risen again.
20And he said to them: But whom do you say that I am? Simon Peter answering, said: The Christ of God.
21But he strictly charging them, commanded they should tell this to no man.
22Saying: The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the ancients and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and the third day rise again.
Haggai 2:1-9
View in: NAB NIV KJV NJB Vulg LXX Hebrew
1In the four and twentieth day of the month, in the sixth month, in the second year of Darius the king, they began.
2And in the seventh month, the word of the Lord came by the hand of Aggeus the prophet, saying:
3Speak to Zorobabel the son of Salathiel the governor of Juda, and to Jesus the son of Josedec the high priest, and to the rest of the people, saying:
4Who is left among you, that saw this house in its first glory? and how do you see it now? is it not in comparison to that as nothing in your eyes?
5Yet now take courage, O Zorobabel, saith the Lord, and take courage, O Jesus the son of Josedec the high priest, and take courage, all ye people of the land, saith the Lord of hosts: and perform (for I am with you, saith the Lord of hosts)
6The word that I covenanted with you when you came out of the land of Egypt: and my spirit shall be in the midst of you: fear not.
7For thus saith the Lord of hosts: Yet one little while, and I will move the heaven and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land.
8And I will move all nations: AND THE DESIRED OF ALL NATIONS SHALL COME: and I will fill this house with glory: saith the Lord of hosts.
9The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the Lord of hosts.

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