instruere...inlustrare...delectare Disputations

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Jesus in the Temple

A sketch of a thought:
  • When Jesus is brought to the Temple at the Presentation, he comes as king, from the royal city of David.
  • When Jesus is found in the Temple by his parents when he is twelve, he is there as prophet, engaging the teachers of the Law on the wisdom of the Lord.
  • When Jesus visits the Temple after His Baptism, and in particular the week before His death, he is there as priest, both purifying the Temple as a place to offer sacrifice (driving out the moneychangers, praising the poor widow) and of course preparing Himself for His own sacrificial offering.
Not absolutely clean distinctions here, of course, but still a path for meditation on how the infinite God layered meaning into the finite time available and actions performed by Jesus in His earthly life.