Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome
Readings: Ez 47:1-2, 8-9, 12,1Cor 3:9c-11, 16-17, Jn 2:13-22
Jesus cleansing the temple. How passionate he was for the Temple of the Lord..! He, with whips drives out those who made the temple a market place. The Jerusalem temple represented the presence of the Lord. It symbolized the relationship with the people of Israel and God. Their zeal for the temple was great. This feast calls us to have zeal for the house of the Lord, the Church, the Mystical Body of Christ, where he is actively present. Each Christian is a brick in the church, we who constitute the church, the Body of Christ. St. Paul would remind us that we are the temple of the Holy Spirit. Let us have the deep awareness that our body is not a mere object but the dwelling place of the Spirit of the Lord. May the Holy Spirit help us to keep our body in purity.