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#TomorrowIsSunday (EN) | What is there today where the Jerusalem Temple was?

Fr. Paweł Rytel-Andrianik / 12.11.2022
Ściana Płaczu w Jerozolimie, fot. s. Amata CSFN
Ściana Płaczu w Jerozolimie, fot. s. Amata CSFN

33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year C

Sunday, November 13, 2022

Gospel of Luke 21: 5-19


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1. A word of introduction

How would we react if someone told us that there would not remain a stone on a stone from St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome? Wouldn’t we be disturbed?  Those who listened to Jesus reacted similarly. The Jerusalem Temple was the most important and holiest place on earth in Judaism.


2. Key words

While some people were speaking about how the temple was adorned with costly stones and votive offerings, Jesus said, “All that you see here–the days will come when there will not be left a stone upon another stone that will not be thrown down.”

Jesus knew what would happen in the future. He referred to the events of 70 AD when the Romans murdered thousands of Jerusalem residents and incomers and burned the Jerusalem Temple. Since then, the Temple has not been reconstucted to this day. The worship of God in Judaism has only continued in synagogues.

The site of the Jerusalem Temple has undergone many changes over the centuries. There was a Christian temple on the site. Around 690, the Muslims built a shrine there, still known today for its golden dome. It is one of the oldest Muslim buildings. After Mecca and Medina, it is the third most holy place for Islam. According to Muslim tradition, the Prophet Muhammad was taken to heaven from the rock inside this shrine. Hence the name “Dome of the Rock.” It is not a mosque, but a holy place for Muslims.

The wall that surrounded the Jerusalem Temple has survived to this day. It is called the “Western Wall” or ” Wailing Wall.” It is a famous place of prayer for Jews.


3. Today

In the Catholic Church, every church is – by analogy – like the Temple of Jerusalem, because there is a most holy place – the tabernacle, and in it Jesus Christ. How often do I visit Jesus in church? Do I go there alone or with my family?


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