READING I: 1 Maccabees 4:36-37, 52-59
RESPONSORIAL: 1 Chronicles 29:10bcd, 11abc, 11d-12a, 12bcd
GOSPEL: Luke 19:45-48
By coincidence the first reading in the ordinary Mass of today is from the book of Maccabees in which Judas Maccabee is full of zeal for the Temple of God. We commemorate the dedication of churches for two reasons,
a) the local church is where people come together to worship and
b) to celebrate the person after whom the church is called.
Today, this feast calls to mind St Peter and St Paul, two great martyrs of our faith. In the office of readings which is taken from St Leo the Great, we read, "The Church has increase not loss, through persecution." It is when the chips are down and the world turns against the church and God that people somehow find new meaning in their faith. This is a thought we need when we in Ireland have the first actively anti Catholic government since Penal Times. Our own politicians are trying to do what the English could never do, kill the church in Ireland.