Thursday, November 08, 2012



NOVEMBER 9, 2012

Ez 47:1-2, 8-9, 12 / 1 Cor 3:9c-11, 16-17 / Jn 2:13-22

EZEKIEL 47:1-2, 8-9, 12
The man brought me back to the entrance of the Temple and I saw water coming out from the threshold of the Temple and flowing eastwards. The Temple faced the east and the water flowed from the south side of the Temple, from the south side of the altar. He then brought me out through the north gate and led me around the outside to the outer gate facing the east and there I saw the stream coming from the south side. He said to me, "This water goes to the east, down to the Arabah, and when it flows into the sea of foul-smelling water, the water will become wholesome. Wherever the river flows, swarms of creatures will live in it; fish will be plentiful and the sea water will become fresh. Wherever it flows, life will abound. Near the river on both banks there will be all kinds of fruit trees with foliage that will not wither and fruit that will never fail; each month they will bear a fresh crop because the water comes from the Temple. The fruit will be good to eat and the leaves will be used for healing.

1 CORINTHIANS 3:9C-11, 16-17
We are fellow-workers with God, but you are God's field and building. I, as a good architect, according to the capacity given to me, I laid the foundation, and another is to build upon it. Each one must be careful how to build upon it. No one can lay a foundation other than the one which is already laid, which is Jesus Christ. Do you not know that you are God's temple, and that God's Spirit abides within you? If anyone destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him. God's temple is holy, and you are this temple.

JOHN 2:13-22
As the Passover of the Jews was at hand, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the Temple court he found merchants selling oxen, sheep and doves, and moneychangers seated at their tables. Making a whip of cords, he drove them all out of the Temple court, together with the oxen and sheep. He knocked over the tables of the moneychangers, scattering the coins, and ordered the people selling doves, "Take all this away, and stop turning my Father's house into a marketplace!" His disciples recalled the words of Scripture: Zeal for your House devours me like fire. The Jews then questioned Jesus, "Where are the miraculous signs which give you the right to do this?" And Jesus said, "Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up." The Jews then replied, "The building of this temple has already taken forty-six years, and will you raise it up in three days?" Actually, Jesus was referring to the temple of his body. Only when he had risen from the dead did his disciples remember these words; then they believed both the Scripture and the words Jesus had spoken.

St. John Lateran church, being the oldest basilica in the world and the cathedral of the Diocese of Rome, is considered the mother and head of all the churches in the world. We honor this church as a sign of our love and communion with the church. Moreover, this feast is personally our own for the true temple, which Christ referred to in the Gospel, is Himself. The new temple is the Body of Christ, which is us. It was already in the plan of God from the beginning to dwell in us.

We received the Spirit of the Lord during our baptism. However, we can easily drive away this Spirit whenever we sin. One of the most powerful idols we have is money, which is what incited the anger of Jesus in today's Gospel. Jesus wants to defend us from the traps of being attached to money because this can enslave us. He knows that this attachment often prevents us from loving God.

We worship God in the temple of our body. We put the foundation of our life on a firm rock, which is Christ. This is the rock from which water flows, as Ezekiel says in the first reading. This water is the Spirit of Christ, water that gives life to us, allowing us to bear fruit. If anyone does not experience this life now but feels dead because of sin, let Christ raise him as he promised in the Gospel.

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Ma. Theresa O. Bernardo
- Bubi Camus
… for the personal intentions of
- Pauline
- Flor
… In Memoriam: Conrado Uichanco, Remedios Uichanco, ilia Gulapa Payawal, lacida Payawal, Alfredo Mombay, Jesus Solomon, Ben Talan, Rizalino Esquivel, Francisco Pamintuan, Concepcion Quinonez
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Lorenzo Panganiban
- Birthday: Se Wai Lee
- Birthday: Rissa Murga
- Presbyterial Ordination: Salvador Nocomora
… for families who are in need of healing
… 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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