Ex. 20:1-17 / Ps. 19:8-11 / 1 Cor. 1:22-25 / Jn. 2:13-25
Jesus does not come to destroy the temple, but to fulfill it (see Matthew 5:17) — to reveal its true purpose in God’s saving plan.
Nor does he need offerings of oxen, sheep or doves (see Psalm 50:7-13).
This is the “sign” Jesus offers in the Gospel today — the sign that caused Jewish leaders to stumble, as St. Paul tells us in the Epistle.
Jesus’ body — destroyed on the cross and raised up three days later — is the new and true sanctuary. From the temple of his body, rivers of living water flow, the Spirit of grace that makes each of us a temple (see 1 Corinthians 3:16) and together builds us into a dwelling place of God (see Ephesians 2:22).
In the Eucharist we participate in his offering of his body and blood. This is the worship in Spirit and in truth that the Father desires (see John 4:23-24).
We are to offer praise as our sacrifice (see Psalm 50:14, 23). This means imitating Christ — offering our bodies — all our intentions and actions in every circumstance, for the love of God and the love of others (see Hebrews 10:5-7; Romans 12:1; 1 Peter 2:5)