Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
November 9, A.D. 2008
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Ezekiel 47:1-2, 8-9, 12
Psalm 46:2-3, 5-6, 8-9
1 Corinthians 3:9c-11, 16-17
A reflection on today's Scripture:
We may wonder why the Church is so concerned about celebrating the anniversary of an ancient building in Rome this Sunday.
For one thing, we need to remember how connected we are to our past. This church is the first publicly dedicated building in Rome, built in 324 AD when it was safe for Christians to worship openly, because the Emperor Constantine had himself become Christian. It is even today the Pope's own church.
Secondly, the Church wants us to reverence our own cherished parish churches, seeing in them powerful signs of our faith, and reminding us that we, too, are living temples of the Spirit from which flow God's truth and life to our children and our neighbors.
The first reading from Ezekiel narrates the story of an Angel showing Ezekiel around the new Temple, rebuilt after the people's return from exile. God had left the old building in anger because of the people's infidelity. Now, he restores its power and life to the new building. Symbolically, Ezekiel sees water flowing outward from the temple gates down to the sea, making the salt waters fresh. All sea creatures now flourish, as well the trees and vineyards along its banks, bringing great fruitfulness. Thus, it is in God's Providence that His lifesaving grace comes to the people of the world through the Church which He founded.
In the second reading, St. Paul tells us that we are God's building, and must take care to make sure that Christ is our foundation. In a memorable verse, he asks "Do you not know that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?" In this month of October dedicated to life, that verse is a clear mandate that no one should ever destroy what God has breathed His Spirit into!
The Gospel of John portrays the anger of God in Jesus who drives out the animals from the Temple and overturns the tables of the money changers. At the same time, He predicts His own death and resurrection, and foretells His actual presence in our Churches, as well as the presence of His Spirit in all who will follow Him. God's anger is leveled at all forms of exploitation in the name of religion. All sins against human life are sins against God's Temple.
- Msgr. Paul Whitmore |
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome
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