Sunday, November 9, 2008

Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome

1 Corinthians 3: 9c-11, 16-17; John 2: 13-22
Oh, the irony. Today we celebrate a cathedral, a building, a physical temple to God and Church. Yet what does our Scripture speak of? A cathedral of a different sort: "Do you not know that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?" How easy it is for us to imagine God dwelling in things of grandeur: a magnificent basilica, a mighty institution. And yet look where our Brother chose to be born, where the temple of his body first graced our little world. Even in the Eucharist, we are not satisfied with the simplicity of the gift Jesus left for us: bread and wine. We have to puff them up, shroud them in gold and jewels, build lofty structures to house them. Why is it so hard to see that our Father cares not for appearances?