November 9: THE DEDICATION OF THE LATERAN BASILICA
Preserving the Sanctity of the Temple
This Temple in Ezekiel 4:1-2.8-9.12 prefigured the Passion of Christ. It is a prototype of the Mystical Body of Christ dispensing God’s grace to the world. The flowing water from the foundation of the Temple is a model of the grace of baptism flowing from the wounded side of Christ bring healing and redemption to the world. It empowers all those who baptised into Christ; it enables them to bear the fruits of the Holy Spirit and to become trusted stewards and witnesses of the kingdom wherever they are planted in the vineyard of the Lord.
The analogy of the true vine (Jn.15:1-8) comes to mind to describe the affinity the baptised shares with Christ. The grace we receive and possess through baptism must enable us to bear the same or even better fruits than Christ himself (Jn.14:12-14). This is the Lord’s expectation of the baptised. Why? Because our bodies become one temple with Christ (1Cor.6:19-20). Therefore, from this one temple, the river of salvation must continue to flow and bring healing and deliverance from sin to the whole world.
The illicit activities that are spoken of in John 2:13-22 prefigured our modern-day historical, social, political, economic, and religious duplicity and simony that is ongoing; the type that is still corrupting the entire Mystical Body of Christ as well as our individual bodies. The radical action of Christ depicts the kind of zeal we as Christian must possess to uproot sin and evil in our lives and to protect the sanctity of the Church as well as our own body. The action of Christ illustrates the struggle of which the author of Hebrew 12:4 spoke of when he said, “In the fight against sin, you have not yet had to keep fighting to the point of death.”
Paul, however, reminds us in 1 Corinthians 3:9-11.16-17 that we are not onlookers looking in from the outside. We are indeed God’s building and it is from within us that this life-giving water must flow into every direction in our respective cities, towns, villages and countries. Christ has laid the foundation for us. The Beatitudes and the two greatest commandments are fundamental in helping us protect the foundation against corruption and simony, evil and sin of all kinds that are likely to destroy this temple of God.
O God, save us from the sin of individualism and simony. Teach to be selfless in all our transaction to preserve the sanctity of your Temple and that of our own.