November 9 – Friday

Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome

Gospel: JN 2:13-22


The Lateran Basilica is the Pope’s cathedral, and today’s feast reminds of the fact that as believers we are members of the People of God, the universal Church. This can sometimes become a source of frustration and even anger, but it is also the source of so much gratitude and consolation: we pray in a special way for Pope Francis and his mission as our universal shepherd.

Jesus speaks of his body as the temple, a living temple. Saint Peter speaks of us as living stones being built into a spiritual house, around Jesus, the living corner stone. Yet so often we get stuck in dead stones, whether it is in buildings or traditions that are dead, which become more important then being a living stone. May we too, like the disciples, understand these words of Jesus and believe them.


Prayer (all together)

Jesus Jesus, that with the help of the Holy Spirit we may recognise how we honour what is really important. Amen