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November 9th: Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome

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Gospel text (Jn 2:13-22): Jesus answered and said to them, "Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up." Since the Passover of the Jews was near, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. He found in the temple area those who sold oxen, sheep, and doves, as well as the money-changers seated there. He made a whip out of cords and drove them all out of the temple area, with the sheep and oxen, and spilled the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables, and to those who sold doves he said, “Take these out of here, and stop making my Father’s house a marketplace.” His disciples recalled the words of Scripture, Zeal for your house will consume me.

At this the Jews answered and said to him, “What sign can you show us for doing this?” Jesus answered and said to them, “Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up.” The Jews said, “This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and you will raise it up in three days?” But he was speaking about the temple of his Body. Therefore, when he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they came to believe the Scripture and the word Jesus had spoken.

Illustration: Pau Morales

Today we feel very close to the Bishop of Rome. We think sometimes that the Vatican is the "cathedral" of the Catholic Church, but it is not like that really! The Universal Church exists and is incarnated in the Particular Churches, that is, the dioceses. Above them the one of Rome stands out because "it presides over the charity". In any case, Jesus Christ -the true Temple of God- is in all those Particular Churches.

- Jesus entrusted Simon Peter to watch over the faith of the faithful. Peter established his See in Rome and, since then, all the Popes who succeed him carry out their mission from there, being his cathedral the Basilica of St. John Lateran.