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Reflections and Perspectives

Welcome! Reflections, Testimonials, and Perspectives for St. Mary Magdalen are offered by our priests, deacons, parishioners, and others as guest writers. We will offer a Sunday Reflection as well as other topics. 

  • Deacon Anthony Cincotta

Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica

Ezekiel 47:1-2, 8-9, 12, Psalm 46:2-3, 5-6, 8-9, 1 Corinthians 3:9c-11, 16-17,

& John 2:13-22

The Church celebrates the Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica today. The side for the Basilica of Saint John Lateran was occupied in ancient times by the palace of the Lateran family. It came into the hands of Constantine through his wife, Fausta, and he gave it to the Church in 311. After a council was held there in 313, it became the center of Christian life in Rome, the residence of the popes, and the cathedral of Rome, which it still is today. Its first name was Basilica of the Savior. Later, it was changed to Saint John due to a Benedictine monastery dedicated to Saint John the Baptist and Saint John the Evangelist.

In today's Gospel narrative of Saint John, Jesus was angered because the temple, the center of worship and the place where God dwells, is treated as a marketplace.

Interestingly, in today's second reading from Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians, we are reminded that we, as individuals and as a body, are God's temple, not as centers of worship but as places of God's dwelling. We, too, run the risk of allowing ourselves, as temples, to be treated as a marketplace.

Friends, there is a lot of traffic going through "us—temples," including family, jobs, social interactions, and so forth. I suspected even cloistered communities are not sheltered from inner traffic. We must never risk losing Saint Paul's perspective by allowing our lives' noise to drown God's voice within us. If we do, when God calls, all lines might be busy.

Question of the Day: Will you research the Lateran Basilica of Saint John to enhance your knowledge of the history of our Church?

Prayer: "I have chosen and consecrated this house, says the Lord, that my name may be there forever."



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