Dedication of the Basilica of St. John Lateran

Today is a unique feast as it is not a celebration of a Saint or an event in the life of Jesus or Mary, but it is for a building the Basilica of St. John Lateran, which holds the chair or cathedra or see for the Bishop of Rome. It is the Pope’s cathedral and it is the cathedral for the Diocese of Rome as well. The arch-basilica honors the Savior as well as John the Baptist and John the Evangelist and it located near the Lateran Palace. This church is kind of like everyone’s mother church in the Catholic Church as it is one of the oldest churches in the Western World. We will return to our regular readings next week.

We begin the readings this week with the prophet Ezekiel. In the reading we hear Ezekiel is brought back by an Angel to the entrance of the temple and he sees water flowing out from the temple and everything that the water touched was saved, salt water was made fresh and trees of all kinds started to grow on the banks. This reading is very straight forward, we need to be like the water flowing out into the world and purifying it so when the Father comes again his Kingdom will already be established here on Earth. We next hear from the first letter of Paul to the Corinthians, in this reading once again we are hit over the head with the message that we are the buildings of God and temples of the Spirit. It is up to us to help rebuild other and the world to become better temples. Once we finally reach the Gospel we once again here that we are temples and we need to help build the new kingdom on Earth. In John’s Gospel we have an account of Jesus cleansing the temple of all the nonsense that had accumulated over the years of it being built and the money changers and the animal sellers had basically taken the place over. This week we are to look at ourselves and see if there is any nonsense in our lives that keeps us away from our Heavenly family. I hope that we can take some time and reflect on each of our individual church communities and ask the same question, is there any nonsense that gets in the way of us being closer to Jesus.


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