We are the living Church

Dedication of the Lateran Basilica

John 2:13-22

Undoubtedly, the picture of the prophecy in Ezekiel is one of fullness and abundance.  Things are fully restored and teeming with life.  It is the Lord's doing.

In the Gospel, Jesus expelled the money changers inside the temple, shouting, "Don't make my Father's house a marketplace."  In another gospel, Jesus said, "You have made it a den of thieves!"

I'm referring to the respect that is due to a church for being the house of God.  But this Gospel can also refer to the people entering the church.  There are those who simply enter and receive communion while being in a state of sin; others simply receive communion without committing themselves to adore, love, and follow Jesus nor serve the church.

When we reflect about fullness of life and blessings, it is imperative that we cling to God first of all and give what is due him - all respect, adoration, and service.  Only then can we think about our welfare or what is due us.

When we serve God, we give due respect and service to others above ourselves.  When we accord all services to others in the community, then we start reaping the fruits of our own labor.  Everything comes back to us.  This is the right planning for life.

Eventually, our lives are temples of the Holy Spirit.  We can't use them as we please.  For our lives are already dedicated to God from the moment God created us.

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