Saturday, November 08, 2014

You Are the Temple

By Rev. Joe McCloskey, SJ

Do you not know that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?  If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for the temple of God, which you are, is holy.  1 Corinthians 3:16-17

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.  John 2:19-21

We are all Temples of the Holy Spirit.  Christ is the capstone of our piety.  Christ is the reason we make of our bodies a holy place.  We dedicate our lives to the Lord.  Our Piety is expressed first in our lives; secondly in where we live our lives.  Piety is seen in the respect we show for the Temples of the Lord.  Our bodies are meant to be temples of the Holy Spirit.  We are called by the feast of the dedication of the Lateran Basilica to dedicate our lives to the Lord such wise that we make holy every place we visit.  The temples of the Lord call forth from our hearts a special respect.  Our piety is seen in the respect we have for the Holy Places of the Lord.  The Lateran Basilica is a Special Temple of the Church in Rome. 

The Lateran is a place that was intended to honor John the Baptist.  It is not a celebration of a person.  It is the celebration of the mother church of Christianity.  We study the history of Christianity to discover our roots.  Churches are where people gather to honor God.  We honor the dedication one of the first homes of Christianity.  Our gospel speaks of the cleansing of the temple by Christ.  We study how to keep our hearts focused on the temples Christ.  Our study makes special all the temples of our life. 

Piety, reverence and devotion is what we bring to our visits to church.  We welcome our brothers and sisters who belong with us to our Church.  We need to try to come a little earlier to church that we might have time to visit with the Lord.  We need to show reverence to the dweller in the tabernacle that makes holy our church by his presence.  We need to make the homes of Christ special in our lives.  There is always the chance to stay a few minutes after the services so that we are not always rushing away from the home of our Lord.  It is important to be generous to our church with service to make the temple of the Lord even a better home for Christ in the Eucharist.  When we have a chance to visit the Lord we should make the most of it.  Christianity shows its best face when we visit our churches dressed for the occasion.  The celebration of the dedication of the Basilica of John Lateran is a good reminder of how special Rome is as the center of the world’s Christianity.  We can never do enough for the home of the Church’s beginnings as a world-wide religion.  It is always wonderful to go back to where we lived as children.  This is even more so with our beginnings in Christianity.  When we are honoring the dedication of the Basilica of John Lateran, we are honoring all our beginnings.  All our homes should be special.  And this is especially true with the homes of God. 

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