The disciples marvel at the beauty of the temple only to have Jesus tell them it will be destroyed. We often forget that even that which appears to be enduring is not. The only thing that will truly endure is God which is why God alone is worthy of our trust. Key texts include Luke 21:5-19
In today's reading Jesus offers his first public sermon, as recorded in the Gospel of Luke. At first the people seemed pleased, but Jesus pushes further. He suggest that while the people may indeed share a hope, they lack the faith to see how God is working toward its fulfillment, let alone the faith necessary to participate in that working. This exchange reminds us that we cannot bind God to human assumptions. God always works in ways that catch us off guard. If we aren't open to this possibility and aren't willing to trust, the hope we herald could pass us by.
This weeks message is a reflection on the Baptism of Jesus. In subjecting himself to John's baptism, meant for sinful humanity, Jesus aligns himself with us. In so doing he transforms the water of baptism into a meeting place for the new covenant people of God of whom Christ is the head. Baptism reveals the mystery of our having been joined with Christ.