November 9, 2016
Dedication of St. John Lateran
Ezekiel 47:1-2, 8-9, 12; 1 Corinthians 3:9c-11, 16-17; John 2:13-22
Well, it’s over.
Regardless of how divided our nation seems or how one feels about last night’s results, one thing I hope that we can agree on is the need to pray for those whom we’ve entrusted with public office. They have a lot of work in front of them.
We do, too. Building greater and deeper communion among the diverse groups of people is a quintessentially Catholic task, and today’s readings remind us that as disciples and as a Church: (1) we draw grace and strength and share grace and strength from the waters of baptism; (2) whatever our backgrounds or political persuasions, our foundation is in Jesus Christ; (3) we are temples of God’s spirit with an inherent human dignity; (4) as mortals, those temples are ever under construction and prone to destruction; and (5) we hope in resurrection.
The past year-and-a-half has often brought out the worst in us and our institutions. In the coming weeks, months and years we will have to find a way to bring out the best.—JC