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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

November 9, A.D. 2002

Ezekiel 47:1-2,8-9,12
1 Corinthians 3:9c-11, 16-17
John 2:13-22

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

Today the Church commemorates the anniversary of the dedication of the Lateran Basilica erected by the Emperor Constantine, a feast observed since the twelfth century. The basilica serves as a sign of devotion to and of unity with the Chair of Peter.

It is fitting therefore that the readings focus on the Church and the concept of temple. We, as Christians, are brought into the Church by the waters of Baptism. Each of us serve as the temple of God with God as the architect. As temples of the Spirit, each and all of us are holy.

The Scriptures often refer to Christ's love of the temple. He would often go to the temple to teach and pray. He cried over the thoughts of the eventual destruction of Jerusalem. Christ is described by St. John as very angry when He finds the temple defiled by its misuse as a place of commerce rather than of prayer. Christ also referred to His own Body as a temple when He predicted His death and resurrection.

How much Christ must love each of us as temples of the Holy Spirit! Let us recall this often as we serve as stewards of our body and soul. It also is important to recall as we make our day to day choices about what we wear, eat, drink....and even where we go and choose as associates. We have a big responsibility.

O God,
help us to make these choices wisely
for Your kingdom,
both today and always. Amen

- Joan of Jesus, ocds (jmurphy@utica.edu)

For the saint, feast or memorial of this day

Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome


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