Today is Monday, weekday of the 32 week in ordinary time of the year. The colour is white. Today’ Rosary is the Joyful Mystery. Today also, the Holy Church commemorate the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica (Feast). The Lateran Basilica, built by the Emperor Constantine on the Lateran Hill around the year 320, is the cathedral of the Pope who is the Bishop of Rome. This Basilica, dedicated to the Saviour, to Saint John the Baptist and to Saint John the Evangelist, is considered the Mother of all the Churches. The feast of its dedication reminds us of our calling to live in deep communion with the successor of Peter, the rock on which Jesus built his Church, and the one who confirms us in our faith.
I saw the holy city, a new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
LET US PRAY
O God, who were pleased to call your Church the Bride, grant that the people that serves your name may revere you, love you and follow you, and may be led by you to attain your promises in heaven. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
A reading from the Book of Prophet Ezekiel 47:1-2.8-9.
“I saw water running from the the temple, and all those to whom the water came were saved”
In those days: The angel brought me back to the door of the temple; and behold, water was issuing from below the threshold of the temple towards the east (for the temple faced east); and the water was flowing down from below the right side of the threshold of the temple, south of the altar. Then he brought me out by way of the north gate, and led me round on the outside to the outer gate, that faces towards the east; and the water was coming out on the right side. And he said to me, “This water flows towards the eastern region and goes down into the Arabah; and when it enters the stagnant waters of the sea, the water will become fresh. And wherever the river goes, every living creature which swarms will live, and there will be very many fish; for this water goes there, that the waters of the sea may become fresh; so everything will live where the river goes. “And on the banks, on both sides of the river, there will grow all kinds of trees for food. Their leaves will not wither nor their fruit fail, but they will bear fresh fruit every month, because the water for them flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food and their leaves for healing.
The word of the Lord.
RESPONSORIAL PSALM. (Ps 46:2-3.5-6.8-9 (R.5)
R/ The waters of a river give joy to God’s city, the holy place, the dwelling of the Most High. R.
God is for us a refuge and strength, an ever-present help in time of distress:
So we shall not fear though the earth should rock, though the mountains quake to the heart of the sea. R.
The waters of a river give joy to God’s city, the holy place, the dwelling of the Most High. God is within, it cannot be shaken; God will help it at the dawning of the day. R.
The Lord of hosts is with us: The God of Jacob is our stronghold. Come and behold the works of the Lord, the awesome deeds he has done on the earth. R.
A reading from from the first Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians 3:9c-11.16-17
“You are God’s temple.”
Brethren: You are God’s building. According to the commission of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and another man is building upon it. Let each man take care how he builds upon it. For no other foundation can any one lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If any one destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and that temple you are.
The word of the Lord.
GOSPEL ACCLAMATION 2 Chronicles 7:16
Alleluia. I have chosen and consecrated this house, says the Lord, that my name may be there for ever. Alleluia.
A reading from the holy Gospel according to John 2:13-22
“He spoke of the temple of his body.”
The Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple he found those who were selling oxen and sheep and pigeons, and the money-changers at their business. And making a whip of cords, he drove them all, with the sheep and oxen, out of the temple; and he poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables. And he told those who sold the pigeons, “Take these things away; you shall not make my Father’s house a house of trade.” His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.” The Jews then said to him, “What sign have you to show us for doing this?” Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” The Jews then said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will you raise it up in three days?” But he spoke of the temple of his body. When therefore he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this; and they believed the Scripture and the word which Jesus had spoken.
The Gospel of the Lord.
Source: Catholic Missal.