Thursday 9 November 2023

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The Dedication of the Lateran Basilica

Ezekiel 47:1-2, 8-9, 12. The waters of the river gladden the city of God – Psalm 45(46):2-3, 5-6, 8-9. 1 Corinthians 3:9-11, 16-17. John 2:13-22.

All things flesh are turned towards ultimate divine transcendence

The three readings today are brilliantly chosen to be together on this, the Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica. The Temple is exalted, yes, as a building which is the source of the river of life. But like other real things made of stone mentioned in the Old Testament, such as the tablets containing the Law, what is (pardon the pun) concrete there, becomes metaphoric and spiritual in the New Testament. Thus, we find in the second reading the notion that we ourselves are God’s building, God’s Temple; our bodies themselves are a temple; and in the gospel reading, the Temple is Jesus’ body. Thus, a people have been taught in a solid pedagogical way: establish the idea in concrete terms anyone can understand, then translate the glory of the solid Temple into an understanding that reaches more deeply into the heart. All things flesh are turned towards ultimate divine transcendence. That is our faith.

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