FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
31st Saturday of Ordinary Time
November 9, 2019
Dedication of St. John Lateran Basilica
WORD of the DAY
“Take these out of here, and stop making my Father’s house a marketplace.” His disciples recalled the words of scripture, “Zeal for your house will consume me.” (John 2: 16-17)
How shall I live this Word?
Today we celebrate the dedication of the Lateran Basilica, the Pope’s Cathedral, considered to be the mother of all the Churches of Rome and of the world. In 320 D.C. it was donated by Emperor Constantine who had converted to Christianity, to Pope Milziade and was consecrated by Pope Sylvester on November 9, 324. For more than ten centuries it was the See of the Papacy before it was transferred to St. Peter’s.
For Christians, this feast is also the occasion to manifest our faith and our attachment to the Pope, the successor of St. Peter. The Gospel reminds us that the temple must be the house of God, the house of prayer, and not a place of business or money. It is not the stones that make the house of God, but the faithful. Thus, this feast leads us to go to Church with devotion and to listen to and receive the Word of God.
Lord, help us to always pray with devotion and faith. On this day especially, we recommend to our our Pope Francis, Bishop of Rome, father and teacher of Christians.
The voice of St. Francis de Sales
“Let us put it this way: God is the painter, our faith is the painting, the colors are God’s Word, the paint brush is the Church.
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