Saturday of the Thirty-First Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute


Saturday of the Thirty-First Week in Ordinary Time

November 9, 2019

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry


Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica

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

Psalm 46

First Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians 3:9c-11, 16-17

John 2:13-22

Today the Church celebrates the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica.  The basilica was the first to be built after the Roman Emperor Constantine’s edict in the year 313, granting all Christians the freedom to practice their religion.

So how does the dedication of a church building in Rome, Italy called St. John Lateran reflect the mystery of the people of God?  Simply put, this is no ordinary church.  It’s a big church, but it’s not the biggest in the world.  It’s a beautiful church, but not the most beautiful in the world.  The reason is what is written above its doors; “Omnia Urbis et orbis ecclesiarum mater et caput” which is translated, “Mother and head of all the churches of the city and the world.”  Because of these words, the Basilica of St. John Lateran is the cathedral of the diocese of Rome, and the “home” church of the Bishop of Rome – the Pope.

We read in today’s Gospel of St. John how Jesus found people in the temple selling oxen, sheep, and pigeons as well as the moneychangers at their business.  Today it is not in our churches that employ trade, perform business and conduct commerce.   However there is other types of “commerce” that occurs every Sunday.  Our obsession with shopping and emphasis on weekend leisure makes many people forget to even go to church.  Even some who are occasional believers in Christ will often find themselves too caught up in other business to join in Sunday Mass.  How sad. 

How then can we rekindle eagerness in our community to join together for worship in the house of God?  Today we pray to again see our churches resounding with joyful praise.   We pray that our family members and friends who have fallen away from the church return and share in the sacred liturgy of our faith.  We pray that the universal Church may again be a community of true worship.  One hour per week isn’t asking much, is it?

Question of the Day: Are you willing to set an example for your family and friends on the importance of the weekly attendance of Mass and reception of the Holy Eucharist, the Source and Summit of our faith? 

Prayer:  “Heavenly Father, we praise You more worthily when we are surrounded by the holy images in your churches.  Through Your grace, inspire us to render You due homage in the houses of God where Your presence burns brighter and hotter than anywhere else.”  (Taken from All Saints Today)



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