Mon 9 November
Dedication of the Lateran Basilica
The angel brought me to the entrance of the Temple, where a stream came out from under the Temple threshold and flowed eastwards, since the Temple faced east. The water flowed from under the right side of the Temple, south of the altar. He took me out by the north gate and led me right round outside as far as the outer east gate where the water flowed out on the right-hand side. He said, â€˜This water flows east down to the Arabah and to the sea; and flowing into the sea it makes its waters wholesome. Wherever the river flows, all living creatures teeming in it will live. Fish will be very plentiful, for wherever the water goes it brings health, and life teems wherever the river flows. Along the river, on either bank, will grow every kind of fruit tree with leaves that never wither and fruit that never fails; they will bear new fruit every month, because this water comes from the sanctuary. And their fruit will be good to eat and the leaves medicinal.
Psalm or canticle
1 Corinthians 3:9-11,16-17
We are fellow workers with God; you are Godâ€™s farm, Godâ€™s building. By the grace God gave me, I succeeded as an architect and laid the foundations, on which someone else is doing the building. Everyone doing the building must work carefully. For the foundation, nobody can lay any other than the one which has already been laid, that is Jesus Christ. Didnâ€™t you realise that you were Godâ€™s temple and that the Spirit of God was living among you? If anybody should destroy the temple of God, God will destroy him, because the temple of God is sacred; and you are that temple.
Just before the Jewish Passover Jesus went up to Jerusalem, and in the Temple he found people selling cattle and sheep and pigeons, and the money changers sitting at their counters there. Making a whip out of some cord, he drove them all out of the Temple, cattle and sheep as well, scattered the money changersâ€™ coins, knocked their tables over and said to the pigeon-sellers, â€˜Take all this out of here and stop turning my Fatherâ€™s house into a market.â€™ Then his disciples remembered the words of scripture: Zeal for your house will devour me. The Jews intervened and said, â€˜What sign can you show us to justify what you have done?â€™ Jesus answered, â€˜Destroy this sanctuary, and in three days I will raise it up.â€™ The Jews replied, â€˜It has taken forty-six years to build this sanctuary: are you going to raise it up in three days?â€™ But he was speaking of the sanctuary that was his body, and when Jesus rose from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they believed the scripture and the words he had said.
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By Matthew Warner - Nov 8, 2009 at 9:42 am