The Jews then said to him, “What sign can you show us for doing this?” Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” The Jews then said, “This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and will you raise it up in three days?” But he was speaking of the temple of his body.
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"Under construction," how often over the course of these days I have used that phrase. "Be careful moving around in the building. Remember we are under construction." "No, your group cannot book our fellowship hall yet for a luncheon. We have no kitchen. We are still under construction." "Yes, you can use our restroom but it is pretty basic. We are under construction." We put the same labels on children to give them the grace they need to grow. I worked with college students and told people who were impatient with them to remember the students are adults too - they are just new at it. In other words, be patient, they are under construction. But sadly, it has given me the impression that the construction process ends, that I am a completed project and I have no good excuse for being less than perfect. We are all a construction project experiencing moments of emptiness waiting for the next idea, messiness with all the parts disconnected in piles around us, filthiness with the debris of bad decisions, delicious joy of the beauty of creation shining through us for others. The critics in the Gospel story were busy with the construction project of the Jerusalem temple but forgot why they were building it. Christ did not forget. We are under construction to be in communion with God and with one another. The amazing part is that we don't have to have a finished building, or a perfect, finished life to experience that for ourselves nor do we have to wait to invite others into our hearts.
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Today, Lord, grant us the grace with you and each other to be under construction. Amen.