Brothers and sisters:You are God’s building.According to the grace of God given to me,like a wise master builder I laid a foundation,and another is building upon it.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.
Do you not know that you are the temple of God,and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?If anyone destroys God’s temple,God will destroy that person;for the temple of God, which you are, is holy.
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.
Today we celebrate the Feast of the Lateran Basilica, which for centuries was home for many Popes. In the fourth century it was property of the Emperor Constantine, after Constantine had recognized Christianity as the religion of the empire. He donated to the Church the palace and other buildings on the site. This became Rome’s oldest church. It was given the title Basilica of the Savior, but later was dedicated to John the Baptist and called St. John Lateran.
Twenty-Eight Popes are buried there. Although our pope now lives at the Vatican and presides at St. Peter’s basilica, St. John Lateran is considered his cathedral as the bishop of Rome. The dedication of this basilica is a happy occasion for the Church because it reminds us of our beginnings, our unity. It stands as a monument to God and all that God does through the Church. *
According to St. Paul, we are also God's building. And we need to build this temple upon Our Lord Jesus Christ. We should not try to rely on our own wit to build this temple. As PAPA family, we pray for each other. We build community and support each other in this journey through life into Heaven.
How? First, by praying for each other. We have a treasure of prayers in our PAPA handbook, and in our website. We also keep in contact with each other, and organize retreats, conferences, and seminars throughout the year. We receive spiritual direction and teachings from Father Michael, especially with our weekly Bible Study, Face ZBS.
And especially, our main mission, we pray and support the priesthood.
Without holy priests, our faith, lives, and our society will completely crumble.
A few days ago, our pastor started mass almost 10 minutes late. We knew he was around because the confessional light was on, and there was still a line of people waiting. Now, this was 6:30 in the morning. He had been hearing confession since before 6 am. Our parish offers confession almost every day, several times a day, with up to 5 priests at a time, and there is always a line of at least 50 people.
During the homily father was commenting that other priests were asking him how come he had so many people coming to confession, how come his parishioners still showed up for Mass, for Adoration, for Catechism.
To that he replied to the other priest: "Do you pray and fast for your parishioners?"
This priest really cares for his flock to the point of offering all his free time for them, praying to God and offering fasting and sacrifice for us. How much more could we do for him, and for all of our PAPA priests to build that temple that lives in each one of us? We can all be saintly and we can influence society with the goodness of God.