November 9, 2014: Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica
Catholic Social Teaching: Solidarity
From the beginning, this one Church has been marked by a great diversity which comes from both the variety of God’s gifts and the diversity of those who receive them. Within the unity of the People of God, a multiplicity of peoples and cultures is gathered together. Among the Church’s members, there are different gifts, offices, conditions, and ways of life. “Holding a rightful place in the communion of the Church there are also particular Churches that retain their own traditions.” The great richness of such diversity is not opposed to the Church’s unity. Yet sin and the burden of its consequences constantly threaten the gift of unity and so the Apostle has to exhort Christians to “maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” (814) Catechism of the Catholic Church
First Reading: Ezekiel 47:1-2, 8-9, 12
Psalm: 46:2-3, 5-6, 8-9
Second Reading: 1st Corinthians 9c-11, 16-17
Gospel: John 2:13-22
Catechism of the Catholic Church
No reference this week on the introduction to the feast day
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church: No references this week
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The dedication of the Lateran Basilica, the cathedral of the Bishop of Rome, a celebration by the universal Church echoes unity across trials of the millenniums. A church that welcomed St Francis of Assisi as he petitioned to form an order rooted in the spirituality of simplicity and service to answer the call to “rebuild my Church” and today harkens another Francis inspired by the Spirit. From the Lateran Basilica to your home parish, the Church embodies more than just a building to offer sacred space. A place defining our deepest identity, our relationship to God and where grace flows freely in the sacramental waters of baptism. A place of nourishment by the Word and celebration of the Source and Summit of our faith. A place that should not be laced with gatekeepers to grace, as Jesus scattered the money changers who collected temple tax. A place not imposing a burden on the poor to buy doves for sacrificial offerings. A place of respite from the world, but also the place from which we are sent forth to be Church in the world unified by the Spirit and abounding in gifts. Fractioning of unity by prioritizing one ministry and denying others rejects Church as the Body of Christ with many parts. A limited perspective only denies the diversity of gifts and need to be Church in the world for a multitude of concerns to ultimately hinder ministry. Needs in the world are complexly interrelated, not isolated agendas. Gifts of the Spirit are diverse to interconnectedly support one another and should not be stifled to break bonds of unity and “pedestalize” limited topics to limit grace through workings of the Spirit.
Catechism of the Catholic Church
“What the soul is to the human body, the Holy Spirit is to the Body of Christ, which is the Church.” “To this Spirit of Christ, as an invisible principle, is to be ascribed the fact that all the parts of the body are joined one with the other and with their exalted head; for the whole Spirit of Christ is in the head, the whole Spirit is in the body, and the whole Spirit is in each of the members.” The Holy Spirit makes the Church “the temple of the living God”:
“Indeed, it is to the Church herself that the “Gift of God” has been entrusted…. In it is in her that communion with Christ has been deposited, that is to say: the Holy Spirit, the pledge of incorruptibility, the strengthening of our faith and the ladder of our ascent to God…. For where the Church is, there also is God’s Spirit; where God’s Spirit is, there is the Church and every grace.” (797)
Individual Reflection: 1st Corinthians 3:9c-11, 16-17
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Family Reflection: Ezekiel 47:1-2, 8-9, 12
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St Francis of Assisi, we ask your intercession
That as you were open to the Spirit in rebuilding the Church, that we may continually strive to be the living Church in the world to touch the lepers of our day, embrace poverty of need and spirit, shed trappings of pretentious motives to reside simply with Creation and illuminate the marvel of salvation.
St Francis of Assisi, Pray for us
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By Barb Born October 23, 2014 The reflection maybe used in parish bulletins, newsletters or for faith sharing groups without copyright concern.