The Lord Is My Chef Daily Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II Wednesday, Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome, 09 November 2022 Ezekiel 47:1-2, 8-9, 12 ><}}}*> 1 Corinthians 3:9-11, 16-17 ><}}}*> John 2:13-22
On this feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome which is "the mother and mistress of all churches in Rome and the world" being the Pope's church as Bishop of Rome, we praise and thank you O God for the gift of the Church.
So often, we rarely think of the Church as your gift, dear God; sadly, many times we hurt the Church not only with our attacks that defame the Body of Christ here on earth but most especially when we your priests cause it to bleed with so many wounds following our sins of infidelities.
Help us realize this holy giftedness of the Church as a means for us to be closer to you, O God, for us to be saved in Christ, for us to be blessed and made holy as your people finally gathered as one in your Most Holy Name; most of all, in giving life and sustaining life abundantly in Christ.
The angel brought me back to the entrance of the temple, and I saw water flowing out from beneath the threshold of the temple toward the east, for the facade of the temple was toward the east; the water flowed down from the southern side of the temple, south of the altar. He said to me, “Wherever the river flows, every sort of living creature that can multiply shall live, and there shall be abundant fish, for wherever this water comes the sea shall be made fresh. Along both baqnk of the river, fruit trees of every kind shall grow; their leaves shall ot fade, nor their fruit fail. Every month they shall bear fresh fruit, for they shall be watered by the flow from the sanctuary. Their fruit shall serve for food, and their leaves for medicine.”Ezekiel 47:1, 9, 12
Since Jesus had ascended into heaven, his Church has always been his sign of unity, of communion that has continued to exist to this day despite so many efforts by many men and women to destroy it both from within and from outside; all these years, the Church has remained like that beautiful vision by Prophet Ezekiel from which all life springs forth.
Cleanse us, dear Jesus, whip us with your cords, overturn our various tables of comforts and new thoughts especially our attachment with the ways of the world so that we may truly be called "the Father's house" (Jn.2:15-16).
Most dear Jesus, let us stop hurting your Church, let us stop lording over your Church, let us stop desecrating your Church as we keep in mind and heart that it is you, O Lord, who is the true foundation of this Church that begins right in our hearts. Amen.