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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

November 9, A.D. 2004

Scripture from Today's Liturgy of the Word:

Ezekiek 47:1-2,8-9,12
Psalm 46:2-3,5-6,8-9
1 Corinthians 3:9-11
John 2:13-22

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

I had to do some research to find out again why this is such an important feast day in the Church's calendar. I wasn't disappointed! The details below are taken from a homily given by Fr. Raymond J. de Souza, Canada, in 2003.


St. John Lateran Cathedral was the original residence of the pope up to about 600 years ago. It was given to the Church after a time of Christian persecution by Emperor Constantine, who was the first to permit and officially sanction the Christian faith. He gave the Lateran Basilica to the Church after conquering Rome in an epic battle in 313. The night before that battle he saw a vision in the sky in which the "Chi-Ro" (the symbol of Christ) appeared with the Latin words: "in this sign you will conquer."

The Lateran Basilica was dedicated in 326AD. It was sacked by Vandals after the fall of Rome and Pope Leo the Great restored it about 460. In 896 it was almost totally destroyed by an earthquake. It was rebuilt only to be destroyed by fire 400 years later.. It was rebuilt again, and destroyed again by fire. It was rebuilt yet again and still stands today.

So? Our foundation is always Christ, and Christ guaranteed that the Church He would build upon Peter would never fail.

"Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up."

- Cliodhna Doyle
(clia at cliadoyle dot com)

Lives of the saints:

The Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome

Full Scripture text from today's Liturgy of the Word:


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