(Day 7 of Novena Prayers to All Saints)
Scripture Reading: Hebrews 11:13-16
Hebrews 11 is a well-known chapter on the definition of faith often referred to as “hall of faith”. Looking upon the faith of those described in this chapter, there can be a tendency to focus on them and comparing our faith to theirs. But there is an important focus of their faith that is not highlighted but vital. Though their faith is commendable, each of them mentioned before verse 13 recognized that these people were either strangers or sojourners in a foreign land.
They looked toward a heavenly country, a heavenly city. They were looking to eternity with God. If we can learn anything about the faith of these men and women listed in Hebrews 11, it is this very thing. We are sojourners on an eternal pilgrimage, longing for eternity with God.
They realized this world was not their home. They were content to be strangers and pilgrims renouncing the desire to make themselves comfortable on the earth to the point of being corrupt. They desired to pass through the world without taking any of its character upon themselves. Their hearts were set on pilgrimage. A pilgrim is one who journeys to a sacred place of religious significance. As Christians, our pilgrimage is to eternity with Christ. We are not of this world. This world is not our inheritance nor our home.
In both Luke 9:58 and Matthew 8:20, Jesus responds to those who want to follow Him, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” Jesus shows us what it means to be a sojourner in a land that is not the desired resting place.
Why speak of eternity? Why talk about this pilgrimage? It is simple. We are busy and distracted by this rat race of life or ministry, thus lack the longing for God in eternity. It is a wholesome thing to think of finishing our eternal pilgrimage and be with God in the splendour of His holiness. This is our reason for existing, and while we await the redemption of these tents, let us rejoice in this, “Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” (Revelation 19:9)
MASS: WHITE DEDICATION OF THE LATERAN BASILICA (FEAST) Ez 47:1-2.8-9.12; Psalm 46:2-3,5-6,8-9 (R.5) 1Cor 3:9c-11.16-17;Accl 2 Chron 7:16; Gospel Jn 2:13-22
- Ask God for mercy for the times you lived without being conscious of eternity
- Pray for the grace to always be mindful of eternity
- Take the Prayer of St. Alphonsus Liguori in DSD section A
- Pray for those who have lost the consciousness of eternity, that God will cause all to be mindful of eternal life
Exercise: Take other Prayers of our Novena Prayers to All Saints as directed in DSD Section B
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Meditation: 1 Peter 2:11-12