I Will Fill This House with Glory
- 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?
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.
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