Malvern Minute – Wednesday
Malvern Minute

 

November 9, 2016        Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica

Mark J. Poletunow, Malvern President (mpoletunow@malvernretreat.com)

Click for: Readings for the day (From the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops)

 

A Reading from the Holy Gospel according to 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.

 

Reflect: We can be a bit distracted by the title of today’s feast: The Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome.  While the Church recognizes the historical significance of the Edict of Milan that granted religious freedom to Christians and established this basilica by the Emperor Constantine in 313, the emphasis is on the Body of Christ. All of today’s readings direct us to Jesus: I saw water flowing from the temple, and all who were touched by it were saved(Ezekiel 47); No one can lay a foundation other than the one that is there, namely, Jesus Christ (1Cor 3); But he was speaking about the temple of his Body (John 2). At our baptism, we became part of the Body of Christ and Jesus will do anything possible to keep his Body whole and entire. Not only is it important for us to be united with Jesus, but we have an obligation to honor the Body by the way we live, the words we speak, the attitudes we put forth.  Our goal should be to cling to Jesus as our foundation and to fill ourselves with his Living Waters daily.

Do I live as if Jesus is my Rock, my Foundation upon which I build all that I do, all that I seek? Am I honoring the Body of Christ by living as if I am the temple of God and allowing the Spirit of God to dwell in me?

 

Pray: Loving God, help me to serve your name, revere you, love you, and follow you so that I might give glory to your Body on earth and attain the promises of heaven.  I ask this in the powerful, perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

Holy God; Holy and Mighty One; Holy and Immortal One: Have mercy on us and on the whole world!

 

WE BELIEVE, AND THEREFORE SPEAK (2 Corinthians 4:13)

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