The Dedication of the Lateran Basilica
“You are God’s building. . . . But each one must be careful how he builds upon it, for no one can lay a foundation other than the one that is there, namely, Jesus Christ.” (1 Cor 3:9, 10b-11)
One of my favorite things to do in Rome is to visit the city’s four major basilicas, including the Lateran Basilica dedicated to Christ the Savior and to St. John the Baptist. Among the churches of Catholicism, the Lateran holds pride of place as the cathedral church of the bishop of Rome, the ancient title of the pope, successor to Peter the fisherman.
Houses of worship are gathering places for believers. Through art and architecture and the faithful celebration of the Church’s sacraments and rites, the mystical body of Christ is built up. The apostle Paul declares, “You are God’s building!” However, he quickly adds: “Each one must be careful how he builds upon it, for no one can lay a foundation other than the one that is there, namely, Jesus Christ.”
How can we build on the foundation which is Jesus Christ? There are many ways. By listening to God’s word as well as to the living tradition of the Church through the ages. By fidelity to the preaching of the apostles. By seeking the inspiration and guidance of the Holy Spirit, who reminds us of all that Jesus taught, and empowers us to act on it.
In your prayer today, consider, too, this wonderful insight from St. Peter Julian Eymard: “There is not, in effect, a more powerful means of sanctification in the Church than the Holy Eucharist, which is itself the source of every grace.”
Let us pray:
God, may all I do this day be founded on the truth and light of your Son. Amen.
Daily Eucharistic Reflection – Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (eucharisticevangelizing.com)