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A reading from the holy Gospel according to John:
Since the Passover of the Jews was near, Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
He found in the temple area those who sold oxen, sheep, and doves, as well as the money changers seated there.
He made a whip out of cords and drove them all out of the temple area, with the sheep and oxen, and spilled the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables,
and to those who sold doves he said, “Take these out of here, and stop making my Father’s house a marketplace.”
His disciples recalled the words of Scripture, “Zeal for your house will consume me.”
At this the Jews answered and said to him, “What sign can you show us for doing this?”
Jesus answered and said to them, “Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up.”
The Jews said, “This temple has been under construction for forty-six
years, and you will raise it up in three days?”
But 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.
While he was in Jerusalem for the feast of Passover, many began to believe in his name when they saw the signs he was doing.
But Jesus would not trust himself to them because he knew them all,
and did not need anyone to testify about human nature. He himself understood it well.
──The Gospel of the Lord
Jerusalem [dʒə'ru:sələm] 耶路撒冷
temple [ˈtemp(ə)l] 圣殿
destroy [dɪ'strɔɪ] 毁坏，破坏
construction [kən'strʌkʃ(ə)n] 建造
scripture ['skrɪptʃər] 圣经，经文
Blessed Sunday! My name is David Sherwood,
I would like to focus on this sentence from the Gospel: “But he was speaking about the temple of his body.”
We can look at this English word “temple” — In our language, we would not use the word in the way that St. John uses it here, of Jesus’ body.
The word “temple” actually came from an ancient word for “cut lumber” and we still prefer to use this word of humanly built structures.
In Greek, St. John had been using a word that more meant that God was indwelling here — and signified less about the building itself.
This idea that the Body of Jesus is a temple, or the place of God’s indwelling, is of a dynamic value!
The eternal Word has made Himself present in the fullness of His person in this individual man, instead of only being present in an immovable structure in Jerusalem.
It is so very exciting that you all have decided to study both the English language and the Scriptures at once.
I hope and pray that this method continues to move you all to a greater English ability but, more importantly, to a greater appreciation of the Scriptures.
May you all be blest in the life of the Holy Trinity!
Host: Sophie Chen
Designer: Rafaela Zhang