Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Fitted together through LOVE

  "You too are living stones, built as an edifice of spirit, into a holy priesthood, offering
spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ." —1 Peter 2:5

    Unlike the commemorations of other Roman churches (St. Mary Major, Aug 5;
Sts. Peter and Paul, Nov 18), this anniversary is a FEAST. The dedication of a church
is a feast for all its parishioners. St. John Lateran is, in a sense, the parish church
of all Catholics, for it is the pope's parish, the cathedral church of the Bishop
of Rome. This church is the spiritual home of the people who are the Church.
The Lateran’s towering facade is crowned with 15 colossal statues of Christ,
John the Baptist, John the Evangelist and 12 doctors of the Church. Beneath
its high altar rest the remains of the small wooden table on which tradition
holds St. Peter himself celebrated Mass.

Eucharistic Adoration for Priests

"What was done here, as these walls were rising,
is reproduced when we bring together those who
believe in Christ. For, by believing they are
hewn out, as it were, from mountains and forests,
like stones and timber; but by catechizing, baptism
and instruction they are, as it were, shaped, squared
and planed by the hands of the workers and artisans. Nevertheless, they do not make a house for the Lord
until they are fitted together through love."
St. Augustine, Sermon 36

CELEBRATE Mass today and consider the
unity and joy that it bears -
one baptism, one bread, one body, one heart.
It is indeed a FEAST- not to be missed!

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