Dedication of the Lateran Basilica
Ezekiel 47:1-2, 8-9, 12
Ps 45: 2-3, 5-6, 8-9
1 Corinthians 3: 9c-11, 16-17
God Is In Her Midst
“I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband” (Rev 21:2). One cannot go out the front door of Santa Croce in Gerusalemme without seeing the Lateran Basilica. One never tires of the sight. The cathedral of Rome has a quiet pearly radiance in the morning light. Today’s responsorial psalm expresses it perfectly: “God is in her midst; she shall not be disturbed; God will help her at the break of dawn” (Ps 45: 6).
The Bride Made Lovely
In the evening the cathedral of Rome turns to gold in the fires of the setting sun. “I have chosen and consecrated this house, says the Lord, that my name may be there forever” (2 Chr 7:16). Saint John Lateran looks very much like a great vessel come down from heaven, like the bride made lovely for her spouse.