Jesus left the temple and was going away, when his disciples came to point out to him the buildings of the temple. But he answered them, “You see all these, do you not? Truly, I say to you, there will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.”
In my life I have had a lot of creature comforts - nice houses, cars, clothes and other stuff. Interesting that all of those houses and cars have given way to newer models. And churches? Oh my, I have been a part of six church building campaigns - one of them eventually had to be sold at a two million dollar loss. What is it about stuff that so captivates us and garners our attention. We all know that "the stuff" is temporary.
Such is the message in today's reading. The disciples were fixated on the beauty and majesty of temple buildings - I imagine they could not even imagine their destruction in their lifetimes. Jesus jars them with a message that we all need to hear. The stuff is not important - all things will eventually be replaced because they are temporal. Yet there are things that are eternal and will survive our passing. These are the things that should captivate us.
Open my eyes Lord to see the eternal things. Help me to give my attention to such things.