Dedication of the Lateran Basilica
This Feast commemorates the dedication of the basilica of San Giovanni in Laterano, first built by Constantine (AD 313) on land once owned by the Laterani family, and it honours the Lateran Basilica as “the Mother and Head of all Churches of the City [of Rome] and the world”. It was Rome’s first Christian basilica and stands as a sign of unity and respect towards the Holy See.
Pope Francis is the bishop of Rome and St John Lateran is his cathedral. In front of the basilica stands a bronze statue which commemorates the pilgrimage of St Francis of Assisi to the Lateran and his visit to the then Pope (Urban III) who greatly admired the saint’s humility and faith.
Today’s first reading from Ezekiel 47:1-12 depicts a vision of life-giving pure water pouring from the Temple in Jerusalem. Trees and plants grow abundantly on its shores whilst fish abound in its waters. This vision attests to the life-giving power of God dwelling in the Temple Sanctuary who wishes that his people receive his life – his Spirit.
We believe that The Church is the Body of Christ and that Christ is present to us in the Church. We believe that the Spirit and the Spirit’s action in the sacraments, above all the Eucharist, nourishes us and gives us life, making us “Temples of the Holy Spirit”. (cf 1Co r3:9-11.16-7; CCC 787-797ff)
Ask God for a fresh out-pouring of his blessings and life-giving Spirit.
Fr Philip Sainter
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