The Temple and the Mass
Today’s 2nd reading continues from the the Letter to the Hebrews. It was written by Christians to a Jewish audience attempting to explain how Jesus is the fulfillment of everything God had promised his chosen people throughout history. One of the most significant aspects of Jewish life at the time of Jesus was the presence of the Temple in Jerusalem. Today’s homily looks at the history and meaning of the Jewish Temple and the worship that went on there. The Temple provides an important key in understanding what happens at Mass today.