November 9, 2013

Lateran Dedication

November 9, 2013:   Dedication of Lateran Basilica in Rome

  • Ezk 47:1-2, 8-9, 12  Water flowed from the temple.  Where the river flows, creatures and fish shall live, the sea will be fresh, and trees shall bear fruit.
    Wordle: Readings 11-9-13
  • Ps 46:2-3, 5-6, 8-9  "The waters of the river gladden the city of God, the holy dwelling of the Most High!"  God is with us, our refuge, stronghold, help.  A stream gladdens the city of God.   Behold God's astounding deeds
  • 1 Cor 3:9c-11, 16-17  You are God’s building; Christ is the foundation.  Be careful how you build.  You're God's holy temple; Spirit dwells in you.
  • Jn 2:13-22  Jesus found money changers and people selling animals in temple area, drove them out.  “Stop making my Father’s house a marketplace.”  “Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up.”  When he was raised from the dead, disciples remembered this and came to believe.
Pope Francis
  • Homily:
    • River:  grace.
    • Rock:  Jesus Christ, foundation of Church.
    • Purification of Temple:  reform of Church; we're sinners needing conversion.
  • To pilgrims:  Focus on, encounter Lord to grow in faith.  Knock on his heart; he always listens, never tires in waiting for us.
  • To the sick and disabled:  You're a treasure; your presence, prayer, suffering, acceptance are richness for Church.  Commitment to sick and disabled proclaims gospel of charity.  Recognize Christ in those who suffer; imitate Mary's maternal care to reflect God. 
  • Creighton:  This cathedral is a sign of the unity of the Christian Church.  Feast challenges us to enrich the world with faith in the good news, to bring God’s kingdom.  We are the stones held together by the Spirit, the living Temple where God is present in and through us.  Where have I dried up? 
  •  Jesus saw his Father’s house made into a robbers' den.  Jesus reconciles us with God, makes us Spirit-filled temples of the living God.  Do I burn with zeal for God's house?
  • Universalis:  Constantine built the basilica, “mother and head of all the churches of the World,” on Lateran Hill.  
  • Concierto de Aranjuez/ Rodrigo, in concert with Pope Francis's remarks to and about the disabled, since the composer was blind.  Thanks, Dr. Tom Keens, for sending this today! 

  • Blue shirt [really, despite picture]:  flowing water (1st reading, psalm)
  • "Buildings" tie:  church dedication, "You are God's building" (feast, 2nd reading)
  • "Rock" tie pin:  Christ, cornerstone/foundation of Church (2nd reading)

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