HOMILY FOR THE FEAST OF THE DEDICATION OF THE LATERAN BASILICA (2)










HOMILY FOR THE FEAST OF THE DEDICATION OF THE LATERAN BASILICA

THEME: We are all the Living Church of God.( our bodies are the true temple of God.

BY: Fr. Diotacious Chikontwe SMA

 

HOMILY FOR TUESDAY NOVEMBER 9 2021

*READINGS OF THE DAY*
Ezekiel 47:1-2,8-9,12
Psalm 45:2-3,5-6,8-9
John 2:13-22

*INTRODUCTION*
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, today we all celebrate together as the entire Church in honour of the great Mother Church of the whole world, namely the Papal Basilica of St. John Lateran, also known as the Lateran Basilica or by its full name as the Papal Archbasilica of Our Most Holy Saviour, of St. John the Baptist and St. John the Evangelist at the Lateran, the Mother and Head of all the Churches in the City (of Rome) and the World. That Basilica of St. John Lateran has such a singular honour because it is the church where the Cathedra of the Pope is, and as such, it is the Cathedral of the Vicar of Christ.

*A VERY IMPORTANT POINT TO KEEP AS PART OF OUR DAILY CATECHISM GROWTH*
All dioceses in the world have a church in which the bishop’s seat or throne is located at, also known as the Cathedra. This is where the name Cathedral came from, designating the church in which the bishop presides over the entire diocese, as the seat of his authority and also as the mother church of the entire diocese. That church is known as the cathedral of the diocese, and the Diocese of Rome, of which the Bishop is the Pope himself, also has a cathedral, namely that of the Basilica of St. John Lateran, which feast of its dedication we are celebrating today.

*WHAT IS THE DEDICATION OF A CHURCH?*
It is the moment and special occasion when the building of the church is consecrated and sanctified by God, as a place of worship and as a place worthy to be the house of God, as the place where the Altar of the Lord’s Sacrifice would be established and placed, worthy for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. In the dedication of a church, the church building and especially the Altar is blessed and sanctified, made to be worthy of the Lord’s Sacrifice in the Mass. The relics of saints, at least one of a martyr are placed in the Altar, in memory of how the early Christians celebrated the Mass in catacombs on the tombs of the saints and martyrs.

*WHAT DO WE LEARN FROM THIS FEAST?(what is the significance of this feast?* )
Dear brethrens, all of us are the Living Church of God, the living members of God’s One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church, the Body of Christ. All of us are united as one people and one Church, as one community of the faithful. We must not limit our understanding of the Church merely to the buildings and the structures, or just to the hierarchy of bishops and priests, as all of us are also part of that same Church, all united together in our faith in God, and all journeying together in faith.

*CONCLUSION*
Just as the churches are holy and a place made and kept worthy for the worship of God, as St. Paul said in one of his readings, that all of us are also called to maintain ourselves in a state of purity and holiness, so that our lives and our bodies, our whole beings may remain in a state that is worthy of God, for God Himself dwells in us, through the Eucharist, the Most Precious and Holy Body and Blood of the Lord that we have received and partaken, and through the Holy Spirit that He has sent down upon us.
Happy feast to you all and may you have an excellent day!

Fr. Diotacious Chikontwe SMA




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