Let us recall, in Jesus’ time, the temple was divided into a series of compartments or squares: one open to every body, even to the pagans, one open to women, another to men and finally one reserved to the priests. Following all these, there was one, sacred compartment among all, the Saint of the Saints separated from the others by a large curtain. The Great Priest was entering this place only once a year.
The death of Jesus is the end of a world and this is accompanied with signals like: “the earth quakes, the rocks split… (Mathew 27, 51).
It is also the end of the image of a God who cannot be reached, who asks for sacrifices, who requests purification rites, who guarantees a hierarchal image of the society and of the clergy…The veil of the temple rends and all these images burst into pieces. There are not anymore a secular world and a sacred world. God makes himself close to any body. Who is sacred it is the human being. Any body can pray God in the sanctuary of his, her conscience and is able to find in him/herself the presence of God.