Thursday, November 08, 2007
FEAST, DEDICATION OF THE LATERAN BASILICA
FEAST, DEDICATION OF THE LATERAN BASILICA
FRIDAY 31ST WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME - YEAR I
EZEKIEL 43:1-2, 4-7
Then he led me to the gate which faces the east, and there I saw the
glory of the God of Israel coming from the east. I heard a sound like
the roaring of many waters, and the earth shone with his glory. as the
glory of the LORD entered the temple by way of the gate which faces
the east, but spirit lifted me up and brought me to the inner court.
And I saw that the temple was filled with the glory of the LORD. Then
I heard someone speaking to me from the temple, while the man stood
beside me. The voice said to me: Son of man, this is where my throne
shall be, this is where I will set the soles of my feet; here I will
dwell among the Israelites forever. Never again shall they and their
kings profane my holy name with their harlotries and with the corpses
of their kings (their high places).
1 CORINTHIANS 3:9C-11, 16-17
Brothers and sisters: You are God's building. According to the grace
of God given to me, like a wise master builder I laid a foundation,
and another is building upon it. But each one must be careful how he
builds upon it, for no one can lay a foundation other than the one
that is there, namely, Jesus Christ. Do you not know that you are the
temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone
destroys God's temple, God will destroy that person; for the temple of
God, which you are, is holy.
Since the Passover of the Jews was near, Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
He found in the temple area those who sold oxen, sheep, and doves, as
well as the money-changers seated there. He made a whip out of cords
and drove them all out of the temple area, with the sheep and oxen,
and spilled the coins of the money-changers and overturned their
tables, and to those who sold doves he said, "Take these out of here,
and stop making my Father's house a marketplace." His disciples
recalled the words of Scripture, Zeal for your house will consume me.
At this the Jews answered and said to him, "What sign can you show us
for doing this?" Jesus answered and said to them, "Destroy this temple
and in three days I will raise it up." The Jews said, "This temple has
been under construction for forty-six years, and you will raise it up
in three days?" But he was speaking about the temple of his Body.
Therefore, when he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered
that he had said this, and they came to believe the Scripture and the
word Jesus had spoken.
In the Gospel reading, we find a very unusual Jesus. The Gospel
usually describes Jesus as a gentle, loving, compassionate, and
forgiving person. All of a sudden we see his violent angry outburst
in the Gospel reading today. What triggers this violent outburst of
The Temple authorities and the Jewish traders were making the Court of
the Gentiles into noisy market place, where no man could pray. The
noise from the sheep and oxen, the cooing of the doves, the shouts of
vendors, the jingle of coins from the vendors - all these combined to
make the Court of the Gentiles a place where no man could pray and
worship. The conduct of the Temple court shut out the Gentiles from
seeking the presence of God. It may be this that was upper-most in
the mind of Jesus. Jesus was moved to the depth of his heart, because
devout men were being shut out from the presence of God.
Is there in our Church life today - a snobbishness, superiority
complex, an exclusiveness, a coldness, a lack of welcome, a tendency
to make the congregation into a closed club, an arrogance, a rigidity
- which keeps the searching stranger out? Let us remember the wrath
of Jesus against those who made it difficult and even impossible for
the searching stranger to make contact with God.
We pray ...
... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
... for the strength, healing and speedy recovery of:
- Damaso Guevara, Eligia Fernando, Sr. Belen Latorre, DC
- Epifania Ylaya
- Fely Silang
- Erlinda Bonoan
- Liza and Peachy
... for the personal intentions of Soraya Reyes Chua
... for San Juan de Dios Hospital
... Good health: Guevarra Family
... In Thanksgiving: Boy Revatoris
... for the eternal repose of the souls of Alfredo, Remberto, Estrella,
Florence and Danilo. Eternal rest grant unto them and may perpetual
light shine upon them. May they and all the dearly departed rest in
... for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Ernani V. A
- In Memoriam (+): Caridad T. Valencia
... for world peace and reconciliation.
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers
and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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