Tuesday, November 9, 2010

The Temple of God

You are God’s building.
According to the grace of God 
given to me,
like a wise master builder 
I laid a foundation,
and another is building upon it.
But each one must be careful how 
he builds upon it,
for no one can lay a foundation 
other than the one that is there,
namely, Jesus Christ.
1 Cor 3:9c-11

The Lateran Basilica has been through wars, fires, earthquakes, vandalism, the changing times--and throughout history the faithful has rebuilt her again and again.

As we should. After all, she is the Cathedral of the Holy Father, and thus the Cathedral of each one of us, the faithful around the world. We truly are one body in Christ.

I pray today for the Church that is the Body of Christ; for those who continue to struggle against forces of darkness that desire nothing but the destruction of Christ's people; for those who suffer at the hands of the world, who continue to hope in Christ Jesus who promised to be with us until the end of time, and find the courage to rebuild again and again.

Here is one such group of believers:

(from GOD IN CHINA: The Struggle for Religious Freedom, produced and distributed by Rome Reports.)

The stairs upon which stood our Lord as he was judged by Pilate and condemned to death.  These stairs now lead to the Sancta Sanctorum in the Lateran Palace, the personal chapel of the Popes of the Early Church.

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