Homily (Reflection) for the Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica (09th November, 2020) on the Gospel and the Feast Ezek 47:1-2.8-9.12; Ps 45:2-3.5-6.8-9. (R. v. 5); 1Cor 3:9-11.16-17; Jn 2:13-22. This feast commemorates the dedication of Saint John Lateran basilica (San Giovanni in Laterano) built under Pope Miltiades (311-314). It was consecrated by Pope Sylvester around 324. This feast is a sign of love for and union with the See of Peter. Saint John Lateran basilica is the first to be built after Emperor Constantine’s edict, in 313, granted Christians freedom to practice their religion and is also most ancient church in the world. Hence it is rightly called “the mother and mistress of all churches of Rome and the world” (omnium urbis et orbis ecclesiarum mater et caput). It is also the cathedral of the bishop of Rome, the pope, and as a result is also Rome’s cathedral. Saint John Lateran basilica has undergone several reconstructions and houses a number of important relics that include a fragment of the table on which Jesus consumed the last supper and Jesus’ blood that was brought to Rome by centurion Longino.