The Temple

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Thursday November 9th - Feast of the Dedication of the Basilica of St. John Lateran, Rome

John 2:15-22

The temple was filled
with dirt and grime
selling and cheating
lying and crime

Zeal for the temple
consumed Our Lord
turning over tables
many looked for the door

There is no escape
from the filth inside
except by a scourging
of our deepest pride.

The temple, the body
the whip, confession
read the Gospel closely
to understand this lesson.

The body is the temple
of the Holy Spirit, this is true
Christ has zeal for your temple
and with the holy whip will renew.

Submit to the cleansing
cast out what is unclean
and like your dear Savior
rise again to be seen.

Share in the Resurrection
will be yours on that day
if you clean your temple
and cry, "Take these things away."

FROM THE SAINTS - "Whenever we come to a church, we must prepare our hearts to be as beautiful as we expect this church to be. Do you wish to find this basilica immaculately clean? Then do not soil your soul with the filth of sins. Do you wish this basilica to be full of light? God too wishes that your soul be not in darkness, but that the light of good works shine in us, so that he who dwells in the heavens will be glorified. Just as you enter into this church building, so God wishes to enter into your soul..." - Saint Caesarius of Arles (taken from the Liturgy of the Hours for the Feast of the Dedication of Saint John Lateran)

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