Introduction: Today we celebrate The Dedication of St. John Lateran Basilica in Rome. The Lateran Basilica is the cathedral of Rome, with the Pope is its Bishop; it is the mother church of all churches. This feast prompts us to rejoice in the gift of the Church in our lives.
The Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome
Ezekiel 47:1-2, 8-9, 12
I Cor. 3:9-11, 16-17
Proper of Saints pg. 847
Preface pg. 848
Today we celebrate the Feast Day of St. John Lateran the cathedral of Rome. It is the birthday of this Church, an occasion for celebrating and rejoicing. The Dedication of St. John Lateran marks the first time that believers gathered in one public place to worship God. As we celebrate this day, it reminds us that the church building is only a sign of the mystical body of Christ. At baptism, we are given the privilege of being temples of Christ. We are the living temples, of God’s grace. God not only dwells in beautiful churches like ours but each soul made by God’s loving hand.
In our first reading from Ezekiel, we hear that from the holy temple, water flowed out first as only a trickle, but it became a flowing river. Everything that came into contact with this water flourished. As a temple of God, will everything that flows from us bring new life?
St. Paul reminds us that we are a living temple of God and that we are to build our lives on the firm foundation of Jesus Christ. We need to be careful how we build on the foundation of Jesus Christ.”
In our Gospel, Jesus demonstrates His respect for keeping the physical church building clean in the presence of God. How will we protect and keep clean the temple of God in us?
Our feast day reminds us of our obligation to be a dwelling place for God. People should be able to experience the presence of God when they are near us, not because we are holy, but because God is holy and He is dwelling in us. We need to keep this temple clean and pure and know that God is in our midst. May we come with zeal to this Eucharist to be made the temple of God’s grace so that we may, in the end, enter the dwelling place of glory.