READINGS for 2006-11-09

Didache | Companion | Sabbath


Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome


?Take these things away; you shall not make my Father?s house a house of trade.? ? John 2:16

I was only thirteen years old when I first read the life of St. Francis of Assisi. And his life story had such an impact on my own young life.
      Immediately, I wanted to imitate him. The next day, I prayed on my knees, wore rags for clothes and stopped using deodorant. I stopped combing my hair or shaving my moustache, making me look like Genghis Khan Jr.
      Obviously, after trying to live like St. Francis for more than twenty years now, I?ve become wiser. I now use deodorant, comb my hair, and shave?lest people run away when I preach them.
      But the spirit of detachment is still very strong within me.
      I want to live my life centered on things that I cannot see?like love, service, faith, hope, and joy. I do not want the love of material things to burden my heart.
      Pray for the spirit of detachment. Bo S.

What pollutes your heart?

Lord, cleanse the temple of my heart from all attachments that defile me. I surrender them to You now.



Ezekiel 47:1-2, 8-9, 12

Having grown up in Australia, the driest of all the continents except Antarctica, I have an appreciation of the worth of water. When I visited the Holy Land, this understanding was strengthened. Ezekiel?s promise of abundant and fertile rivers of water would have sounded like heaven to the people of his time. It would almost have been unbelievable. This is the nature of God?s love and provision for us. It is abundant and overflowing. We need never worry that it will run out or get depleted. Let us pray that we will be faithful to such love and blessing.

1 Then he 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. 2 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. 8 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. 9 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. 12 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.?


Psalm 46:2-3, 5-6, 8-9

R: The waters of the river gladden the city of God, the holy dwelling of the Most High.

1 [2] God is our refuge and our strength, an ever-present help in distress. 2 [3] Therefore we fear not, though the earth be shaken and mountains plunge into the depths of the sea. (R) 4 [5] There is a stream whose runlets gladden the city of God, the holy dwelling of the Most High. 5 [6] God is in its midst; it shall not be disturbed; God will help it at the break of dawn. (R) 7 [8] the LORD of hosts is with us; our stronghold is the God of Jacob. 8 [9] Come! behold the deeds of the LORD, the astounding things he has wrought on earth. (R)


1 Corinthians 3:9-11, 16-17

The work of evangelizing someone is a long and arduous task that is rarely accomplished by an individual. Just as it takes many types of tradesmen to build a house, so too the life of a Christian is built and formed by many, with the Holy Spirit as the architect and chief builder. All we have to do is cooperate with His plan and we will be on the path to eternal life. As we pray for the repose of all the departed souls, let us pray for ourselves who are living, so that we will be faithful to our calling.

9 For we are God?s co-workers; you are God?s field, God?s building. 10 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, 11 for no one can lay a foundation other than the one that is there, namely, Jesus Christ. 16 Do you not know that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 17 If anyone destroys God?s temple, God will destroy that person; for the temple of God, which you are, is holy.


John 2:13-22

This is one of the few times that we get an insight into the righteous anger of God. Jesus drives out of the Temple all those who are profaning the sacred space by their actions. It is possible to express anger in a good way. We should be furious at the work of sin in our lives and act accordingly when we discover its presence. Let us pray for the grace to live according to our true dignity as sons and daughters of the Father, free of sin and on the path to the Kingdom  of God.

13 Since the Passover of the Jews was near, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 He found in the temple area those who sold oxen, sheep, and doves, as well as the money-changers seated there. 15 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, 16 and to those who sold doves he said, ?Take these out of here, and stop making my Father?s house a marketplace.? 17 His disciples recalled the words of scripture, ?Zeal  for your house will consume me.? 18 At this the Jews answered and said to him, ?What sign can you show us for doing this?? 19 Jesus answered and said to them, ?Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up.? 20 The Jews said, ?This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and you will raise it up in three days?? 21 But he was speaking about the temple of his body. 22 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 word Jesus had spoken.

my reflections
: This is the nature of God?s love and provision for us: it is abundant and overflowing.



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When you think of Rome, what comes to mind? If you are just a tourist, it?s ruins, wine and spaghetti. But if you are a Catholic, it?s the Vatican, St. Peter?s Basilica and the Pope. Not many realize that the Pope, the head of the universal Church, is also bishop of Rome and that his cathedral is not the Vatican. Not many know that the Popes have lived from the fourth to the fourteenth century not in the Vatican but in the Lateran Palace. Because the Lateran Basilica is the cathedral of the bishop of Rome, we commemorate today the dedication of the first Lateran Basilica, which was built by emperor Constantine the Great. This beautiful church is dedicated to the Savior and to St. John the Baptist and St. John the Evangelist. Above the entrance the visitor can read:?Mother and Head of all the Churches in the City and in the World.?
      This leads us to reflect on the relevance of this feast for us. St. Caesarius wrote: ?Although the universal Church of God is constituted of distinct orders of members, still, in spite of the many parts of its holy body, the Church subsists in an integral whole, just as the Apostle says, ?We are all one in Christ,? nor is anyone separated from the office of another in such a way that a lower group has no connection with the head.?
      And so today?s feast makes us aware of our unity with other churches all over the world, and of the unity of all these churches with the one in Rome, the Mother and Head. It saddens me sometimes when I see our non-Catholic brethren split into countless competing churches, sects and communities. Was not one of Jesus? last prayers a prayer for unity?
      We are all individuals with individual temperaments, ideas and plans. Even in a small community, it is not easy to be always united. That the worldwide Catholic Church remains somehow united is close to a miracle. We can see here the working of the Holy Spirit through the Pope. Today?s feast, then, brings us to Rome, and invites us to pray for the Holy Father and for unity among all Christians, so that Jesus? last wish will come true: ?That all may be one.? Fr. Rudy H.

Do I contribute to unity in the place I live and work? What more can I do to be an agent of unity? Do I pray for the unity of all Christians?

Lord, today I thank You that I belong to the universal Church. I have to admit that I have not thought much of my task to pray and work for the unity of all Christians. Today I join You in your prayer during the Last Supper and pray ?that all may be one.? Help me to contribute to this unity by working for unity in the community where I am placed and offer this effort for the unity of all Christians.

St. Benignus, pray for us.

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