Today’s Gospel is a selection from the teachings of Jesus in the Temple (Luke 19:47-21:38) about the destruction of the Temple. The destruction of the Temple is for Jesus, a sign that the “end of time” has arrived, although this end of time cannot be fixed into a specific date. The people of Israel did not have a temple right from the beginning. In the desert they had only a tent, a tabernacle. It contained the Ark of the Covenant with the two tablets of the commandments and the manna. It was David’s son Solomon, who finally built the temple in Jerusalem on top of a hill called Moriah. According to tradition, this was the mountain where Abraham went to sacrifice his son Isaac (Genesis 22). The Temple was at the heart of Judaism as the place of the presence of God among his people. Some people however began to think of the temple no longer as a place for meeting God and renewing their covenant with him. They looked at the temple as a kind of magic guarantee that God was obliged to protect Israel even if they ignored and broke the terms of the covenant. We know that the real dwelling place of God is in our heart. “We are the temple of the living God” (2 Cor 6:16). That temple cannot be destroyed by others as long as God lives there. We do not cling to the institution of the church; instead, we cling to Christ’s mission of reconciliation in the world.