The Gospel for the feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica, known as the “mother of all churches,” emphasizes that God’s temple is holy and must not be profaned. We all should be deeply grateful that we are members of the Catholic Church. Many reasons can be given.
We belong to a faith community; we are not alone; we have companions and friends. We have a leader and guide in the person of the Pope. We are intimately connected with God through Baptism and Eucharist. Jesus Christ himself is the very foundation of this community.
Gospel • JOHN 2:13-22
Since the Passover of the Jews was near, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. He found in the temple area those who sold oxen, sheep, and doves, as well as the money changers seated there. 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, and to those who sold doves he said, “Take these out of here, and stop making my Father’s house a marketplace.” His disciples recalled the words of scripture, Zeal for your house will consume me. At this the Jews answered and said to him, “What sign can you show us for doing this?” Jesus answered and said to them, “Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up.” The Jews said, “This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and you will raise it up in three days?” But he was speaking about the temple of his Body. 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.
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