St Peter’s Basilica in Rome, built in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and St Paul’s Basilica ‘Outside the Walls’, built in the nineteenth century, replaced older churches erected by the Emperor Constantine in the fourth century over the tombs of the Apostles Peter and Paul. These edifices indeed tell us that we are ‘built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the chief cornerstone’. Nothing could be more solid!

We pray for the Universal Church today, that she will always remain faithful to that foundation, and be a source of abundant life to all who seek God. May He bless you and be close to you this day.