Rev. 7:2-4, 9-14 | Ps. 24:1-6 | 1Jn. 3:1-3 Mt. 5:1-12a
The readings today bring us into contact with the meaning of the Feast of All Saints. Throughout the year, we celebrate a saint each day. But there are many more saints whom we know are with God in Heaven; and, yet, we don’t have enough days in a year to celebrate them. Besides the saints whom we know, there are thousands of saints whom we don’t know and others that are not so well known. These include members of our families who lived wonderful lives and are with God in Heaven. All of these folks are celebrated on this feast day. Revelations tells us that those who are wearing the white robes are those who have survived the time of great distress and have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. These are the people who have been faithful to God’s teaching throughout their lives. Paul tells us it is the love of God that has called us forth as children of God. We may not yet understand all that that means; but, if we place our hope and trust in God, we will be made pure. Jesus tells us how this happens. Jesus gives us the fundamental way of being holy through these beatitudes. We may not look upon poverty, mourning, meekness, etc. as things to be desired, but Jesus tells us that we must live according to this way of life if we are to inherit Heaven and fulfillment of our life here on earth.
Spend time recalling your relatives who have died. What were the wonderful qualities of each person? How did that person teach you to live? How did that person bring you closer to God? Pray for that person and for the grace to live each day well in order to grow closer to God.