Prayer of the Day

Feast of The Dedication of the Lateran Basilica

November 9th, 2016
"You are the Temple of God." Corinthians 16 : 17

Today the Church celebrates the feast of the dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome, known as St. John Lateran, the cathedral and seat of the bishop of Rome.  It is the oldest church in the West, built in the time of Constantine and was consecrated by Pope Sylvester in 324.  It is called the “mother and head of all the churches in the world.”  Today’s Gospel gives us the dramatic account of the cleansing of the Temple in Jerusalem.  The Temple was the holiest place on earth because it contained the presence of God in the holy of holies.  However, over the years things changed.  It was no longer a place of inner worship.  The outer court was a noisy market place for the buying and selling of animals for high profit.  Many prophets before Jesus were very critical of the Temple, its worship, its authority and its ongoing role in the lives of the people.  Jeremiah said that the Temple had become ‘a den of thieves.’  In his zeal to restore the Father’s house to its original purpose Jesus drove out the money-changers.  St Paul reminds us that we, as baptised Christians, are temples of the Holy Spirit and that we should not allow ourselves to be defiled or polluted by sin.  We are expected to cleanse our hearts of pride, hatred, jealousy and all evil thoughts and works.


Lord Jesus help us to make our worship pleasing to you. Amen