SOLEMNITY OF ALL SAINTS

Scripture Readings: Matthew 5:1-12

Today the church calls us to remember our brothers and sisters, our spiritual ancestors in Christ, who have washed their robes and made them white in the Blood of the Lamb. The lives of the saints are woven into the liturgical year. The lives of the saints are always related to the Gospels. The Gospels are the scripts that the saints acted out in their lives. So, in the saints we see the practice’ of the gospel. The Scripture readings for the Feast of All Saints describes the rewards of eternal life for those who are worthy. In Revelation 7, we hear of the great multitudes worshiping before the Throne of God in robes washed clean in the Blood of the Lamb. Later, in the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus shares the Beatitudes and speaks of the many blessings bestowed on those who are meek, merciful, pure in heart, and hungry for righteousness.

Today’s solemnity re-echoes the affirmation of Second Vatican Council, that God calls all men and women to holiness, to become saints. It is not necessary that one must run to the desert, or join a monastery, or become a ‘religious’ or a celibate priest before he or she can achieve Christian holiness. The celebration of all saints provides inspiration and encouragement to us irrespective of our status and fields in life, that we too can become saints. As a Priest, a trader, a lawyer, a doctor, a police or member of civil armed forces you are called to be a saint. As a student, a seminarian, a novice, a servant, whether rich or poor, married or single, professional or non-professional, formally or informally educated, whether in Africa, Europe, America or Asia you are called to be a saint.

Whether in the remote village or the most technologically-developed area you are called to be a saint. Wherever you are, you are primarily called to become a saint. As such, like St. Alphonsus Liguori, our frequent and most important prayer should always be “Omnipotent God, Make me a saint”. Holiness is both a gift and a responsibility. “If you desire it, go for it, and God will nurture it in you”. The greatest tragedy in life would be that at the end you did not become a saint, that is, you would not be counted among the great multitude worshiping before the Throne of God. To be a saint simply means to be truly human and truly be holy with meek, pure and merciful heart. Today’s Feast reminds us that holiness is within our reach.

MASS: WHITE Rev. 7: 2-4. 9-14; Ps 24: 1b-2. 3-4ab. 5-6; 1 Jn 3: 1-3; Mt 5: 1-12a ALL SAINTS S. HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION.

Prayer points:

  1. Father thank You for the sacrificing Your son Jesus Christ that those who believe may have eternal life.
  2. Father be merciful to all in purgatory, release them according to you perfect goodness and compassion.
  3. Pray for all members of your family who believed in Jesus and accepted him as Lord and God.
  4. Pray for all users of DSD that God may forgive them.

Exercise: Book a novena Mass for the faithful departed in your family.

Meditation: 2Thess.5:2

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