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April 15, 2024

Ordinary Time

For a large part of the liturgical year, we devote ourselves to listening to the mystery of Christ in all its aspects unfolded as we seek God's truth and understanding.

Sunday Readings and Backgrounds

Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica

Reading I : Ezekiel 47:1-2, 8-9, 12

I saw water flowing from the temple.

  • In the wake of the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem in 587 BC, the Prophet Ezekiel has a vision of an even greater Temple.
  • The Temple pours forth grace for the whole world.
  • Ezekiel's message gave hope to the people during a time of despair.

Reading II : 1 Corinthians 3:9c-11, 16-17

You are God's temple.

  • You are God's temple.
  • Jesus is like a master builder and he lays the foundation.
  • Because you are the temple of God, you are holy.

Gospel : John 2:13-22

Jesus was speaking about the temple of his body.

  • It was close to Passover and Jesus went to the temple.
  • Jesus saw the people selling animals for people to buy as offerings.
  • Jesus made a whip and drove them out of the temple area.