Homily for Saturday of the 31st Week in Ordinary Time Year A
Theme: The temple of the living God
By: Fr. Benny Tuazon
Homily for Saturday November 9 2019
(Jn. 2:13-22) Feast of the Dedication of John Lateran Basilica in Rome.
Today is the Feast of the Dedication of John Lateran Church in Rome. It is the parish church of Rome and possesses the highest dignity of being church. It is a church where much of the significant councils were held and significant church dogmas were born. One can feel the holiness and prestige it has immediately at the entrance. We thank the Lord for this place of worship.
We designate places for worship even if God may be worshipped anywhere. The church allows gathering of people as friends and a community. Even during the time of the Lord Jesus, temples serve as a place to seek God and pray together as a people.
While we give importance to the church as a building, we must be aware of our bodies as temples of the Spirit. Thus, we must try to make it worthy for the Lord to dwell.
This is clear in the second reading, St. Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians. We are God’s temple and the Holy Spirit dwells in us. Our foundation is the Lord Jesus Christ. By virtue of this condition, no one must dare to destroy us, God’s temple. Otherwise, that person will not only be dealing with us but with God as well.
This is also reflected in Jesus’ teaching that whatever we do to the least of our brothers or sisters, we do it to Him. And when two or three are gathered in Jesus ‘ name, He is in their midst. God’s presence in His people is what matters more. The sanctity of the building will only have meaning in the sanctity of the faithful who worship in that building. For what purpose is a sacred stone compared to a sacred soul? We had been sanctified in the sacraments in Jesus Christ. Our holiness is in God dwelling in us. As long as we welcome Him in our person and follow His will, He continues to dwell in us in His Holy Spirit.
Do we see God in ourselves? Do we see God in others? Do we reflect the God who dwells in us? Let us not only dedicate our buildings of worship to God. Let us also dedicate ourselves to God. Let our minds, hearts, words, actions, souls, strengths, and each and every part of our body, and each and every member of our faith be dedicated to God!