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Dedication of the
Lateran Basilica in Rome

Ezekiel 47:1-2, 8-9, 12
1 Corinthians 3:9-11, 16-17
Psalm 46:2-3, 5-6, 8-9
John 2:13-22

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"Actually He was talking about the temple of His body." —John 2:21

Today the Church commemorates the dedication of the Lateran basilica in Rome in the fourth century. This church building has been called the mother of all the churches. Today the Church teaches us that we belong not only to our parish Church, but also to the universal Church, the body of Christ (1 Cor 12:27).

This feast reminds us that, as members of the Church, we belong to a particular diocese, but are also connected to the universal Church through her pope and her bishops. We celebrate the dedication of the Lateran basilica as an "expression of the variety and universality of the People of God; and of the unity of the flock of Christ, in so far as it is assembled under one head," that is, the pope (Catechism, 885). The pope, bishops, and each of us "are one in Christ Jesus" (Gal 3:28).

When you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior and receive Baptism, you become a member of His mystical Body. You become a dwelling place for Jesus, a temple in which the Holy Spirit dwells (1 Cor 3:16). Now that you're in His body, Jesus wants to talk about the temple of your body (Jn 2:21). Let Jesus be your Lord and cleanse you (Jn 2:14ff). Let Him do whatever He wishes in your life to make You a strong, living stone to build and strengthen His universal Church (1 Pt 2:4-5; 1 Cor 3:9ff).

Prayer:  Jesus, let zeal for Your house consume me (Jn 2:17). Give me a great love for Your Church.

Promise:  "God is our Refuge and our Strength, an ever-present Help in distress." —Ps 46:2

Praise:  "How lovely is Your dwelling place, O Lord of hosts!" (Ps 84:2)

Reference:  (This teaching was submitted by a member of our editorial team.)

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, May 10, 2012

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