Sunday, November 9, 2008
Feasr of the Dedicationof the Lateran Basilica in Rome
Again this Sunday we have a Feast reflected in the Liturgy which is centered on the fact that we are living stones of the eternal temple.
I have always loved Ezekiel 47 with the image of the water flowing from the temple and :wherever the river flows, every sort of living creature that can multiply shall live, and there shall be abundant fish, for wherever this water comes from the shall be made fresh. Along both banks of the river, fruit trees of every kind shall grow; their leaves shall not fade, nor their fruit fail. Every month they shall bear fresh fruit, for they shall be watered by the flow from the sanctuary."
The responsorial psalm has "The waters of the river gladden the city of God, the holy dwelling of the Most High." The second reading from Paul's first letter to the Corinthians tells us "You are God's building....Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
Finally, we come to the Gospel which shows us Jesus' zeal for his Father's house; it was not to be a marketplace, but a place of prayer. Here we see another side of Jesus. In his cleansing of the temple, we see how much he cares about his Father's house. When he cleanses us, the living stones, we know how much he cares for each of us. He told us that we need to be pruned in order to bear more fruit.