Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome
On this feast day of the mother of all Catholic Churches, the feast day of the Lateran Basilica, we want to pause for a moment and think about the churches that we belong to. They may not be as majestic as the oldest and most beautiful cathedrals, but they also deserve or respect and support. And when I say respect, I mean that we should always remember that this is a place of worship, a place where people come to pray, to talk to Jesus, receive the Eucharist, and so we always should try to keep reverence in the church. Nobody should make a marketplace of our churches, like in the Jerusalem temple where Jesus faced those who sold oxen, sheep, and doves. But there may be some people who behave disrespectfully and so they may need to be reminded where they are. Also, our church needs our support, especially our financial support. Sadly, today we witness some churches being closed, only because they have no means to pay the bills. If we want to have a place for worship, we need to take care of it. The church doesn’t belong to a bishop, nor to a pastor, but to the people like you. This is your home.