Prayer of the Day
Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran BasilicaNovember 9th, 2014
Just before the Feast of the Passover Jesus had gone into the Temple to pray. What a noisy scene he found there. Men were selling sheep and cattle and the money changers were busy at their tables. Christ got angry and drove them all out. The Jewish leaders were furious and demanded to know by whose authority he was acting thus. They never believed he came from God even though they saw the miraculous signs and wonders he worked. Their hearts were hardened. They lacked faith in the Son of God. “Faith is our greatest gift, the treasure hidden in a field. A man sold everything he had to buy that field.” (Matthew 13 : 44) For us cradle Catholics faith came with our Baptism. Our bodies then became Temples of the Holy Spirit as Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 3; “Thus each of us is God’s Temple.” That Temple is a holy place. It is there we meet our God. We must not allow it to be defiled with sin, or it also might become a market place and need cleansing of all that is not of God.
When we get in touch with God and ask his help in dealing with our daily struggles, we are practising our faith. Through prayer our trust in God develops. The greatest of all prayers is our Mass. Here Christ becomes one with us. What a wonderful privilege! The Eucharist is a feast of love freely given to us by God. God is always there for us saints or sinners alike.