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Tuesday, November 9, 2021

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Dedication of the
St. John Lateran Basilica

Ezekiel 47:1-2, 8-9, 12
1 Corinthians 3:9-11, 16-17
Psalm 46:2-3, 5-6, 8-9
John 2:13-22

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jesus in the church

“Zeal for Your house consumes Me.” —John 2:17

Today throughout the world we celebrate the Church, and especially Jesus, the Founder and Head of the Church. Today we celebrate the unity of the Church, her authority in Christ (Mt 16:19), and Jesus’ special presence in the Church.

Jesus is present in the Church universal, for He is her Head (Col 1:18). He is present in the small communities of the Church, for He has promised to be with us in a special way where two or three gather in unity in His name (Mt 18:20). Jesus is present in the church building in the most special and central way of all, for here He is present in the Eucharist, the Blessed Sacrament (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1373).

On this glorious feast day, the Lord is calling us in many ways. He may be calling us to form or join a small Christian community. He is calling us to evangelize and “re-member” the Church. I believe that on this special day the Lord is especially calling us to Eucharistic adoration. Pope St. John Paul II taught: “The Church and the world have a great need for Eucharistic worship. Jesus awaits us in this sacrament of love. Let us not refuse the time to go to meet Him in adoration” (Catechism, 1380).

Love the Church (Eph 5:25). Adore Jesus in church. Let zeal for God and His house consume you (Jn 2:17).

Prayer:  Father, because I am living in Christ (see Phil 1:21), may I be living in the Church.

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:  St. John Lateran Basilica reminds us of an easy-to-forget fact: The Catholic Church uses architectural beauty to commemorate and spread the truth of the Gospel. The Lateran Basilica is the oldest patriarchal church in Rome. It was originally the Church of Our Savior.


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