Sunday, November 08, 2009
MONDAY 32ND WEEK ORDINARY TIME
FEAST, DEDICATION OF THE LATERAN BASILICA IN ROME
MONDAY 32ND WEEK ORDINARY TIME – YEAR I
EZEKIEL 47:1-2, 8-9, 12
The angel brought me back to the entrance of the temple, and I saw
water flowing out from beneath the threshold of the temple toward the
east, for the facade of the temple was toward the east; the water
flowed down from the southern side of the temple, south of the altar.
He led me outside by the north gate, and around to the outer gate
facing the east, where I saw water trickling from the southern side.
He said to me, "This water flows into the eastern district down upon
the Arabah, and empties into the sea, the salt waters, which it makes
fresh. Wherever the river flows, every sort of living creature that
can multiply shall live, and there shall be abundant fish, for
wherever this water comes the sea shall be made fresh. Along both
banks of the river, fruit trees of every kind shall grow; their leaves
shall not fade, nor their fruit fail. Every month they shall bear
fresh fruit, for they shall be watered by the flow from the sanctuary.
Their fruit shall serve for food, and their leaves for medicine."
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
words Jesus had spoken.
Today we celebrate the dedication of St. John Lateran Basilica, the
oldest and one of the most important Christian basilicas in Rome. In
the fourth century A.D., Constantine, who was the first Christian
Emperor, built a chapel on land that was given to his wife. Throughout
the centuries, that chapel has been destroyed, rebuilt, expanded, and
renovated numerous times. But it has always been recognized as the
cathedral church of the bishop of Rome.
One of the most striking features of the St. John Lateran Basilica is
an inscription found in the basilica's baptistery which says: "This is
the fountain of life, which cleanses the whole world, taking its
course from the wounds of Christ." It is a powerful reminder that the
Church exists to carry on the work of Christ in the world.
In the first reading, the prophet Ezekiel saw healing water flowing
from the Temple and going out in all directions. In one sense, that is
us. We are the temples of the Holy Spirit, and Jesus wants to fill us
to over flowing. In order to bring Christ to the world, however, we
must plunge deeply into the fountain of life ourselves. Personal
prayer, the gift of the sacraments, the wisdom of Scripture, the love
of our brothers and sisters in Christ, all of these are their own
founts of life for us. If Constantine, the most powerful man in the
western world at that time, could be converted through the witness of
Christians, imagine what our witnessing could do for our neighbors,
friends, and co-workers. If we immerse ourselves in Christ, we really
can change the world.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the strength and healing of:
- Arnold Cabatingan
- Eriberta Calvario
- Brenda Domingo-Solis
… for the personal intentions of
- Josheil Dapo
- Mary Wong
… In Thanksgiving : Danica and family
… for the victims of natural disasters
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Se Wai Lee
- Thanksgiving: Alice M. Tanchanco
… for the healing and peace of all families
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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