The basilica of St. John Lateran is the Pope's cathedral in Rome. It is the centre of our Catholic Faith.
The feast of its dedication is an opportunity for us to show our unity with the Bishop of Rome, who is "the perpetual and visible source and foundation of the unity of the whole church on earth with all her faithful and presbyters."
In the Old Testament the temple was seen as the visible sign of God's presence among His people. It was God's house, the place where His people could meet Him.
In the New Testament, however, it is Jesus who became the visible sign of God with us. It is in Him that we are able to meet God the Father and the Holy Spirit. All who were baptized in Him became the followers and disciples, a new and dynamic temple of God.
The Christian community, is the new temple. It is the place of our meeting with God, where we hear God's words more clearly, and where we are ready to respond to God's call.
And so, today, when we celebrate the dedication of the Pope's cathedral, we also celebrate our faith union with the universal church.
We need to remember that wherever we live and worship God, we are one because there is, "One Redeemer, one Faith, one Church."