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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Zeal for Your Word

There was something else I heard when the following was read at Mass yesterday (I don't often go to Mass on Saturday, but I had a thing at the parish to go to):
His disciples recalled the words of Scripture, Zeal for your house will consume me...

Jesus answered [the Jews] said to them, "Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up.”

... he was speaking about the temple of his Body. Therefore, when he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they came to believe the Scripture and the word Jesus had spoken.
The implication is that His disciples didn't believe His word when He spoke it, which is certainly consistent with their bafflement in other Gospel passages where He foretells His death and resurrection.

I think one lesson we should draw from this passage is that we ought to be familiar with Scripture and with the words Jesus has spoken. We may not necessarily understand what we read, we for certain won't understand everything the Holy Spirit has to say through the words we read, but the more we know Scripture the more we can come to see how and when -- and therefore come to believe that -- Jesus fulfills it in our own lives.