St John Lateran is the cathedral of the Diocese of Rome where the
Bishop of Rome presides. In a sense, it is the parish church of
all Catholics, for it is the pope's parish. Humans build with stone
and timber and the Church of St. John Lateran is a very impressive
example. But today I would like to reflect on God’s “building”
which is on a much more fundamental level. And in my opinion, far
surpasses the beauty, dignity and splendor of any human structure.
From the fine tuned orchestration of the replication of DNA to the
vastness of the galaxies, God has created life. God’s Spirit
is the source of that life and of its unity.
The Spirit is the soul of the Mystical Body, the source of its
life, of its unity in diversity, and of the richness of its gifts
and charisms. The unity of the Mystical Body triumphs over all human
divisions: ‘For there is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither
slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all
one in Christ Jesus’ (Gal 3:27-28)” (CCC 787-810).
Paul says we are holy. Holiness does not depend on human merit, culture, personality, effort or achievement. It is entirely God’s creation and gift. Only God can create divine life in human beings, and God wills to do so, for all of us. We are a growing dynamic community of saints, those in heaven as well as the unfinished saints who still live on earth. We are the dwelling place of God, individually as a temple of God, communally as a city of God. We are each very different from one another, but if we remain united through the Law of Love we make present the kingdom of God on earth.
Dear God continue to fill us with the grace of your Holy Spirit and give us the trust to create a world of saints, so that we may be builders of a better world where all your children will live in justice, peace and harmony. Amen.
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