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May our Christian communities and each one of us in them be sources of truth and love

Today’s feast is in honour of the Church in Rome, which is the cathedral of the Bishop of Rome, namely, the Pope.

May our Christian communities and each one of us in them be sources of truth and love

31st Week in Ordinary Time (B)
Dedication of the Lateran Basilica
Ez. 47:1-2,8-9,12; Ps. 46(45): 2-3,5-6,8-9;
1 Cor. 3:9c-11,16-17; Jn. 2:13-22  (Ps Wk III)

Today’s feast is in honour of the Church in Rome, which is the cathedral of the Bishop of Rome, namely, the Pope. The readings make it very clear that we are not primarily concerned with just a building. The Gospel tells of the time Jesus cleared the Temple of traders and hawkers. In His dispute with the Jews He spoke of Himself as the new Temple, the dwelling place of God on earth.

In the second reading, Paul reminds the Christians of Corinth that, because of their identification with Christ, they too, are the temple of God, the very dwelling place of the Spirit. We need to remember that we are not holy when we are in the church building; on the contrary, the church building is holy because we, the Temple of Christ, gather there.

The first reading speaks, through the prophet Ezekiel, of the life-giving water that flows out from the temple.

We are to see that today as speaking of the life that comes from the Temple that is Christ. Jesus said once: “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me; let him drink who believes in me. Scripture has it: ‘From within him rivers of living water shall flow.’”  It is these life-giving waters flowing from Christ into each one of us which must continue to flow out from us to a world thirsting for truth, love, peace and happiness. And that is what we are celebrating today.

May our Christian communities and each one of us in them be sources of truth and love for brothers and sisters everywhere.

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