November 9, 2016

Lateran dedication

November 9, 2016:  Dedication of the Lateran Basilica

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For 1st reading and psalm

For 2nd reading / today's feast
From Handel's Messiah (for gospel's temple purification)
Pope Francis General Audience
We consider two more corporal works of mercy:  healing the sick and visiting the imprisoned.  Jesus is our model in both; he shows us the importance of drawing near to those who feel alone and abandoned.  How much good is done, and how much we're enriched ourselves, by these acts of charity!  Visiting the imprisoned brings the Lord’s healing presence to people paying for their mistakes; they need to hear of God’s merciful love and forgiveness, and so recognize their worth and dignity.  Jesus, though innocent, suffered in prison for us, and Peter and Paul used the time of their imprisonment to pray and proclaim the Gospel.  Through these works of mercy, may we bring God’s mercy and its redemptive power to those in need.
Fr. Jim Clarke's homily podcast

Today we celebrate God's authority and presence among us.  We are God's temple.  Honor every person.  Attend to the chapels of our bodies. Care for all human beings....

  • Ez 47:1-2, 8-9, 12  Water flows out of the temple.  Where the river flows, creatures live, the sea is made fresh, and fruit trees grow and bear fruit.
  • 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 our refuge and help; we're not afraid.  The Lord our stronghold is with us.  Behold God's astounding deeds!
    Lateran basilica's papal cathedra
  • 1 Cor 3:9c-11, 16-17  You're God’s building.  I laid a foundation, and another is building on it.  Be careful how you build; don't lay a foundation other than Christ.  You're God's holy temple, and God's Spirit dwells in you....
  • Jn 2:13-22  (Hear it)  Jesus, finding animal-sellers and money-changers in the temple, drove them out, spilled the coins, and overturned the tables:  “Don't make my Father’s house a marketplace!”  Jews / Jesus:  “What sign can you show?” / “Destroy this temple and in three days I'll raise it.” / “It took 46 years, and you need only 3 days?”  But he was speaking about his Body.  When he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered and came to believe...
      Cleansing of the Temple/ El Greco
    • Creighton:  "Gladness and refreshment":  Today’s feast draws us to praise God for the gift of faith.  The Church lives today as in the past.  Faith in Christ is central to all believers; our faith can be founded on nothing else.   “The waters of the river gladden the city of God.”  The city of God is the Church; the river is the Holy Spirit.  The Spirit brings joy amid life’s challenges, keeps the proclamation of Jesus fresh, and opens us to encounter with the Lord.  The Spirit flows in each baptized believer.  Holy Spirit, stir our hearts to receive joy and refreshment through a deeper encounter with the Risen Lord.
    • One Bread, One Body:  "Rebuild my Church":  God calls us to love the Church as Jesus does, to lay down our lives for the Church, to be consumed with zeal.  The Church started out with home-based communities. We need to rebuild the Church from the bottom up, living daily for those in our small communities, loving them, on fire....
      The basilica's fa├žade
    • Passionist:  "Lift up your gates that the King of Glory may come in":  Today's gospel shows Jesus cleansing the temple space.  He says the temple is more than stone; it's his body, and when destroyed he'll raise it up.  Those around him don't accept his word, but believers know the temple is the crucified and risen body of Jesus.  St. John Lateran is Pope Francis’ cathedral, and ours.  May we believe the word and find our way through the church to the mystery of Christ, victorious and risen.
    • Universalis:  Constantine built the Lateran basilica, “mother and head of all the churches of the world,” on Lateran Hill.
    Dress legend
    • Blue in shirt:  Water flowing... (1st reading, psalm)
    • White in shirt:  Color of St. John Lateran dedication feast
    • 'Angel' pin:  The angel brought me to the temple entrance (1st reading)
    • 'Fishes' tie:  Abundant fish where the river flows (1st reading)
    • 'Tree' pin:  Fruit trees shall grow (1st reading)
    • 'Mountain' pin:  We fear not though mountains fall (psalm)
    • 'Hammer' pin:  I laid a foundation; others build on it (2nd reading)
    • 'Rock' tie pin:  Christ, cornerstone/foundation of the Church (2nd reading)
    • 'Dove' pin:  You're God's temple, and God's Spirit dwells in you (2nd reading); dove sellers in temple area (gospel)
    • 'Sheep' and 'coin' tie bars:  Sheep sellers, money changers, coins in temple area (gospel)
    • "Boundless mercy" 'sign' pin:  “What sign can you show us?” (gospel)
    • 'Car' pin:  Jesus 'drove' the merchants and moneychangers out of the temple (gospel)
    • 'I voted' sticker:  Yesterday's election (I didn't wear the sticker yesterday because I didn't vote till after work.)

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