The Dedication of the Lateran Basilica | Tuesday 9 November 2021

Today is Tuesday the 9 November, the feast of the dedication of the Lateran Basilica.   


The monks of the Abbey of Keur Moussa sing, Encore un peu de temps: “In a little while I will make heaven and earth tremble.  Then the One desired by all nations will appear.  I will fill this temple with glory and to this place I will bring peace.”


Today’s reading is from the Gospel of John and will come in two parts…

John 2:13-16

The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables. Making a whip of cords, he drove all of them out of the temple, both the sheep and the cattle. He also poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. He told those who were selling the doves, Take these things out of here! Stop making my Fathers house a marketplace!” 


Picture this first scene in your imagination- many Judeans are travelling up to Jerusalem to celebrate Passover. Imagine that you too are walking up to the Temple with Jesus and his disciples. How do you imagine the path there? Dusty? Is it hot today?


As you approach the temple, what can you hear? Perhaps the voices of other pilgrims, of animals and birds being prepared for sacrifice…


As you ascend the steps, pause to look at the scene set before you with Jesus, as he watches traders selling cattle, sheep, doves... Let this scene unfold before you.


Watch now, as Jesus shows his indignation…how do you imagine the expression on his face? His gestures…


What does his whip of cords look like? How does it move as he begins to drive out the traders, money changers and animals?


What feelings are around for you as you see the passion that Jesus has for his Fathers house?


As you listen to the second part of our reading, remain present in the scene.


Second Reading


John 2: 17-22

His disciples remembered that it was written, Zeal for your house will consume me.” The Jews then said to him, What sign can you show us for doing this?” Jesus answered them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” The Jews then said, This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and will you raise it up in three days?” But he was speaking of the temple of his body. After he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this; and they believed the scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.

Jesus answered them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”


Imagine that you have some time alone with Jesus now, away from the crowd.  Share with him all that this scene has stirred in you.


Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.