November 24, Memorial of Saint Andrew Dung-Lac, Priest, and Companions, Martyrs
Daily Readings: 1 Maccabees 4:36-37, 52-59; Luke19:45-48
The first reading celebrates the purification and re-dedication of the Temple in Jerusalem after it had been desecrated. (Jews today still celebrate this event at Hanukkah.) In the Gospel, Jesus clears that same temple of moneychangers and sellers who were making this holy place look like a market. He reminded them that, while this place deserved respect, his body was the place where God was to be found.
Over nearly two millennia, the people of God have worshipped in all sorts of places, from the house churches of the early Church to the basilicas of Rome, from grand cathedrals to simple structures made by the worshippers themselves. No matter how ornate or simple the structure, these spaces were made holy by the sacrifice of praise offered there and the presence of Christ that abides.
We are called to reverence the presence of Christ wherever it is found: in our churches, In the Word, in our brothers and sisters.
Radio Veritas Asia (RVA), a media platform of the Catholic Church, aims to share Christ. RVA started in 1969 as a continental Catholic radio station to serve Asian countries in their respective local language, thus earning the tag “the Voice of Asian Christianity.” Responding to the emerging context, RVA embraced media platforms to connect with the global Asian audience via its 21 language websites and various social media platforms.