(Day 2 of Novena Prayers to All Saints)
Scripture Reading: Rev 7:14
The saints in heaven have been faithful to our Lord Jesus Christ despite all the difficulties of living the Christian life. That is why they are now given white robes in this vision of St. John, showing that they have remained faithful to Jesus in all the trials that came upon them.
It is not just the saints who achieved this victory over trials and temptations during life but the grace of God working in them. That is why St. Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 15:10, “…what I am now I am through the grace of God…” The saints’ lives of faith and endurance were made possible by God working in them. That is why we gather today, to thank God for what He has done in the lives of all the saints who are now gathered in heaven. In union with All Saints, we ask God to strengthen us to know, accept and fulfilled His will in our lives. It is God’s victory in their lives that we celebrate, in anticipation of His final victory in our lives. Our Lord Jesus’ victory over evil on the Cross has been reproduced in the lives of these saints. We ask our Lord Jesus Christ to do the same in our lives today.
Although the Saints had much room for growth early in their lives by the end of their lives, we see that they were living the beatitudes in today’s Gospel (Matt 5:1-12). Therefore, they encourage us in our need for further growth. The Saints were happy because they were poor in spirit, meek, hungering and thirsting for righteousness, merciful and clean of heart. We ask for their intercession so that what St. John saw in his vision in the Scripture reading today may at some future times be true of us also.
MASS: WHITE ST. CHARLES BORROMEO, BP (MEMORIAL) Phil 2:12-18; Ps 27:1.4.13-14(R.1a); Accl 1 Peter 4:14; Gospel Lk 14:25-33
- Jesus, I want to be a saint. Make me a saint. I renew my desire to become a saint today, all the saints in heaven -pray for me.
- Heavenly Father, what a privilege and joy it is to have the freedom in Christ to draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy to find help in time of need. Father, as the days get darker and the wickedness of the world seems to be filling up to its brim with evil, hypocrisy and hatred, help us to realize that there is an increasing need to draw near to You and to remain protected under the shadow of Your wings. In the Name of Jesus the Lord. Amen
- Take other Prayers of our Novena Prayers to All Saints as directed in DSD Section B
Exercise: For every situation you will ever face, God has already prepared a solution. Always have that in your mind.
Meditation: John 4:34