Monday, November 08, 2010
FEAST, DEDICATION OF BASILICA OF ST JOHN LATERAN IN ROME
FEAST, DEDICATION OF BASILICA OF ST JOHN LATERAN IN ROME
TUESDAY 32ND WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR II
When he had reached a certain place, he stopped there for the night,
since the sun had set. Taking one of the stones of that place, he made
it his pillow and lay down where he was. He had a dream: there was a
ladder, planted on the ground with its top reaching to heaven; and
God's angels were going up and down on it. And there was Yahweh,
standing beside him and saying, 'I, Yahweh, am the God of Abraham your
father, and the God of Isaac. The ground on which you are lying I
shall give to you and your descendants. Your descendants will be as
plentiful as the dust on the ground; you will spread out to west and
east, to north and south, and all clans on earth will bless themselves
by you and your descendants. Be sure, I am with you; I shall keep you
safe wherever you go, and bring you back to this country, for I shall
never desert you until I have done what I have promised you.' Then
Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, 'Truly, Yahweh is in this place
and I did not know!' He was afraid and said, 'How awe-inspiring this
place is! This is nothing less than the abode of God, and this is the
gate of heaven!' Early next morning, Jacob took the stone he had used
for his pillow, and set it up as a pillar, pouring oil over the top of
FIRST CORINTHIANS 3:9-13, 16-17
After all, we do share in God's work; you are God's farm, God's
building. By the grace of God which was given to me, I laid the
foundations like a trained master-builder, and someone else is
building on them. Now each one must be careful how he does the
building. For nobody can lay down any other foundation than the one
which is there already, namely Jesus Christ. On this foundation,
different people may build in gold, silver, jewels, wood, hay or straw
but each person's handiwork will be shown for what it is. The Day
which dawns in fire will make it clear and the fire itself will test
the quality of each person's work. Do you not realize that you are a
temple of God with the Spirit of God living in you? If anybody should
destroy the temple of God, God will destroy that person, because God's
temple is holy; and you are that temple.
He entered Jericho and was going through the town and suddenly a man
whose name was Zacchaeus made his appearance; he was one of the senior
tax collectors and a wealthy man. He kept trying to see which Jesus
was, but he was too short and could not see him for the crowd; so he
ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree to catch a glimpse of Jesus who
was to pass that way. When Jesus reached the spot he looked up and
spoke to him, 'Zacchaeus, come down. Hurry, because I am to stay at
your house today.' And he hurried down and welcomed him joyfully. They
all complained when they saw what was happening. 'He has gone to stay
at a sinner's house,' they said. But Zacchaeus stood his ground and
said to the Lord, 'Look, sir, I am going to give half my property to
the poor, and if I have cheated anybody I will pay him back four times
the amount.' And Jesus said to him, 'Today salvation has come to this
house, because this man too is a son of Abraham; for the Son of man
has come to seek out and save what was lost.'
Today, we celebrate the anniversary of the blessing and anointing
conferred on the Basilica of St. John of Lateran, the Mother Church.
The Basilica of St. John of Lateran is the sacred place where the
sacred waters of our faith first surfaced with public celebration. All
parish churches and chapels descend from this Mother Church, the
Basilica of St. John of Lateran. But most of all, since we are the
living stones of the Church, and his Spirit dwells in the bodies of
men and women, rather than in cement and hollow blocks or bricks, we
celebrate the temple of God incarnate in the Body of Jesus, in whom we
live, and move, and have our being.
We are the community of faith, the Body of Christ, the multitude of
martyrs who die to themselves to live to God. In the communion of
saints, we are linked to one another, past, present and future, living
and dead. We are like chapels in the living basilica of God on earth,
the new earth and the new Jerusalem and the new Rome and the new St.
John of Lateran, where God will dwell in his people to perfection.
The Book of Revelation says: "Here God lives among His people. He
lives among them and He will be their God, God with-them." This is
said about us, God's people. We are that temple in whom God lives,
both as members of Jesus' body, and as a living Christina community.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Deacon Joe Nicholas
- Bong Lacida
… for the personal intentions of
- Daisy Palileo, Isagani Calub, Avic Co, Nikki H. Bharwani, Raymond
Ancheta, Mark Anthony Lao
… for special intentions and guidance of Emma Quicho
… In Thanksgiving: Bob Barsotti
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Richard Raaum
Eternal rest grant unto them and may perpetual light shine upon them.
May they and all the dearly departed rest in peace.
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Se Wai Lee
- Birthday: Rosa Rita B. Mariano, M.D.
- Presbyterial Ordination: Salvador Nocomora
… 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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