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Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome
November 9, 2014

Study of the Readings

Ed. by
Joyce Ann Zimmerman, et al.

• Words, Phrases
• To the point

• First Two Readings

The Word Embodied

Kavanaugh, S. J.

Imperative of Faith

Jesus, for Christians, is the new law, the law of God enfleshed. He is not only “truly God,” our creed says; he is “truly human.” His life, like the commandments themselves, may be a stumbling block and an absurdity to us at times, but we proclaim it, nonetheless, our way and our truth.


Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

A New Temple

Animals were necessary for sacrifice, but it seems the danger of an escaped animal entering the holy of holies was a risk originally avoided by keeping them outside the Temple precincts. It was likely Caiaphas who introduced them into the Temple precincts.


Thoughts from the
Early Church

Thomas of Villanova

But the soul is worthier still, more splendid and more capacious than the heavens, for the entire world cannot fill it. It is made in God’s image, and for this reason the Lord takes his repose in it.


Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

From the east will issue a stream that will flow down into the Dead Sea, making its waters sweet and healthy like the Mediterranean. The Dead Sea will then swarm with fish, and trees yielding fruit all year round will grow on its banks.