Ezekiel and the Psalmist show how the temple is a source of living water that brings forth life; Jesus speaks of his own body as a temple, and as his followers we discover that we are built upon Christ as the great foundation. May we work together to continue to proclaim the building up of God’s kingdom here on earth as we serve the Church which Christ founded.
We recall in the readings about the importance of having holy places to pray, so that we can become a holy people – dedicated to the Lord.
Today I begin a pilgrimage with 53 others to Italy! During our stay we will be in Florence, Assisi, Sorrento, Pompei, and Rome (where we will pass through all four Holy Doors for the Year of Mercy.) Ciao!
This weekend we celebrate a feast in the Church that is a little out of the ordinary. Throughout the year we honor saints, angels, events in the history of salvation, and seasons in the liturgical calendar.
Yep. The readings this weekend are for the anniversary of a dedication of a building – a church. Now this is not just any building; the Lateran basilica has an important place in the history and significance of our faith:
Pope Sylvester I dedicated it on Nov. 9, 324
The land was owned by the Laterani family
Called the “mother and head of all churches”
Episcopal seat of the Pope as Bishop of Rome
Papal residence from the 4th century to 1309
Site of 5 Ecumenical councils
Now why would we do this? Why take a day out of the calendar to honor a building? Here are few reasons:
Buildings are a part of life
– living, working, learning, praying!
This church is loaded with history
– many great events happened here
Buildings can inspire and shape our faith
– form a community for prayer/service
Our faith uses buildings as an example
– temple, dwelling, refuge, house, etc.
The readings today use the idea of a building to help reveal God’s presence among us. The image of a building (especially a Temple) develops several themes:
From the Temple of God comes life
All dwellings (temples belong to the Lord
Each one of us is a Temple of God
Jesus described his own body as a temple
Church buildings not only serve to gather us for prayer, but they shape the very way we pray. They are places where we recognize the Lord’s presence in a powerful way. By honoring a particular church this weekend, we pause to remember the role that buildings (especially churches) play in our faith.
A building by itself is nothing. A building filled with people alive for Christ is awesome. May this feast remind us that all our buildings and bodies are simply places – created by God in order to dwell among us.