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Tuesday, November 9, 1999

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Dedication of St. John Lateran

Ezekiel 47:1-2, 8-9, 12 (optional readings)
1 Corinthians 3:9-13, 16-17
Psalm 46
John 2:13-22

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consumed by love for the church

The angel "brought me back to the entrance of the temple, and I saw water flowing out." —Ezekiel 47:1

From the Church flow the living waters which will bring about the Great Jubilee of the year 2000, change our culture of death into a civilization of love and life, and "renew the face of the earth" (Ps 104:30).

For the Church to fully exercise her authority and power, she must be "built as an edifice of spirit, into a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ" (1 Pt 2:5). "In Him you are being built into this temple, to become a dwelling place for God in the Spirit" (Eph 2:22). Everyone "must be careful how he builds" (1 Cor 3:10).

For the Church to be built up, bring Jesus to the world, and make every thought captive to Christ (2 Cor 10:5), she must be cleansed as Jesus cleansed the Temple (see Jn 2:15ff).

Let zeal for God's Church consume us (Jn 2:17; Ps 69:10). Let us cleanse the Church by first repenting of our sins in and against the Church. Let us build up the Church, especially by forming small Christian communities. Then we will see the Church exalted as the body of Christ (e.g. Eph 1:22-23), the bride of Christ (e.g. Rv 22:17), the pillar and bulwark of truth (1 Tm 3:15), " 'a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people He claims for His own to proclaim the glorious works' of the One Who called you from darkness into His marvelous light" (1 Pt 2:9). Love the Church as Christ loves the Church! (Eph 5:25)

Prayer:  Father, may zeal for Your Church consume me.

Promise:  "Are you not aware that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?" —1 Cor 3:16

Praise:  "And you, O child, shall be called prophet of the Most High; For you shall go before the Lord to prepare straight paths for Him" (Lk 1:76).

Nihil Obstat:  Reverend Ralph J. Lawrence, April 10, 1999

Imprimatur:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, April 16, 1999