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Today's Gospel + short theological explanation

Monday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Gospel text (Mt 17,22-27): On day when they were together in Galilee, Jesus said to his disciples, «The Son of Man will be delivered into human hands, and they will kill him. But He will rise on the third day». The Twelve were deeply grieved.

When they returned to Capernaum, the Temple tax collectors came to Peter and asked him, «Does your master pay the temple tax?». He answered, «Certainly». Peter then entered the house, but immediately Jesus asked him, «What do you think, Simon? Who pay taxes or tributes to the kings of the earth: their sons or the other people?». Peter replied, «The others». And Jesus told him, «The sons, then, are tax-free (…)».

Jesus is the new Temple

EDITORIAL TEAM evangeli.net (based on texts by Benedict XVI) (Città del Vaticano, Vatican)

Today, we read two paragraphs in providential connection: 1. Jesus announces his Passion (and resurrection); 2. Jesus pays the tribute due to the temple. Jesus Christ was delicately respectful with the Temple of Jerusalem ("my Father's House"). But, by His crucifixion, the ancient worship of the temple was abolished, and at the same time, it was led to its fulfillment.

The rejection and crucifixion of Jesus means, at the same time, "demolition" of the temple. A new worship reaches a temple not built by men: His Body —sacrificed and risen— which gathers together all the peoples and unites them in the sacrament of the Eucharist. The atonement for sins which animal sacrifices attempted, has been achieved through Christ’s obedience and thus, Jesus himself has taken the place of the temple: He is the new Temple.

—With your resurrection, Jesus, begins a new way to worship God, not in a mount or elsewhere, but in "spirit and in truth", by living the obedience to the Father.