Homilies and reflections for Sunday
Apocalypse 7:2-4, 9-14
1 John 3:1-3
This Sunday’s Reflection
Happy are the pure in heart: they shall see God
A familiar feast-day, but do we understand its significance in the life of God’s Church? God’s ultimate plan was to create a family that would share in the boundless love and joy that is the life of the Trinity. The “communion of saints” that is essential to the faith we profess in the Creed each Sunday is the ongoing realisation of that plan.
All Saints – Blogs
All Saints – Blogs
Father Vincent Hawkswell – B.C. CATHOLIC
This Sunday, normally the 31st Sunday in Ordinary (“numbered”) Time, the Church celebrates the Feast of All Saints. In this context, “saints” means “those who have died and have gone before us marked with the sign of faith”; those already with God in heaven, canonized or not: those “who have come out of the great ordeal,” the First Reading says, who “have washed their robes and made them white in the Blood of the Lamb.” …“Blessed” is used today to mean “holy,” but that is not its original meaning. When Mary said, “All generations will call me blessed,” she did not mean that she would be called holy, but rather that God had done “great things” for her. (2020)
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Msgr. Joseph A. Pellegrino – DIOCESE OF ST. PETERSBURG
Jesus calls us to be heroes. On the Mountain of the Beatitudes, today’s Gospel, he calls us away from being self-centered to being God centered. He calls us to be poor in Spirit. Whether we are rich or poor or somewhere in between, the center of our lives must be God, not money. He tells us that we cannot close our eyes to the atrocities of the world. “Blessed are those who mourn.” The Lord wept over Jerusalem because it refused to recognize the presence of God in its mist. We weep over our society that allows children to be exploited by drugs, sex and crass commercialism. We mourn over a society that allows a million and a half abortions a year. We mourn over a society that takes children away from their parents and holds them in cages… (2020)
Jamie Waters – AMERICA MAGAZINE
The Beatitudes can be read with an eye to the present, not only the future. The groups that are highlighted show characteristics that we should aspire to have today. These statements are about how people live, even in the face of adversity; and they remind us that actions, not only words, reveal faith in Christ. On All Saints’ Day, in addition to reflecting on the lives of saints, we are called to be saints. Today’s Gospel reveals how to live as Christ did. During this grueling election season, politicians have invoked religion to appeal to certain segments of the electorate. As you cast your ballot, let the Gospel message of love and the Beatitudes inspire you to elect leaders who strive to be saints and to live out their faith righteously. (2020)
Fr. George Smiga – BUILDING ON THE WORD
There are saints all around us. They come in all ages, genders, and occupations. Saints are those who make good happen in our world. What’s the difference between a good person and a saint? Not too much. Saints are good people seen from the perspective of faith. Through the eyes of faith, we see in others’ goodness something that points to God. Paul Tillich, the Protestant theologian says, “Saints are not so much saints because of their goodness, but because of their transparency. They point to something beyond themselves.”
Fr. Austin Fleming – A CONCORD PASTOR COMMENTS
I’d like to ask all the saints who are with us today to please stand so that we can recognize their holiness but the only ones who might stand might be the ushers, late-comers and folks who never take a seat at Mass! In the early church, the word “saint” was used to speak of anyone who followed Jesus and lived a life in accord with his teaching. St. Paul often addressed his letters this way, for example: “Greetings to ‘all the saints’ in Ephesus, in Corinth…” He had in mind here all the believers – not just holiest ones. Over centuries, the meaning of the word became much narrower. But it its original sense, I am, at this moment, preaching “to the saints in Holy Family Parish.” (2015)
Father John Kavanaugh, SJ – SUNDAY WEB SITE
Just look at the Sermon on the Mount to get a sense of Jesus’ radical reversal of our common sense. We want abundance, control, and authority to conquer the kingdoms of the earth. His wisdom affirms that only the poor in spirit can achieve the reign of God. We want more than all else to avoid pain and suffering. In fact most of our operating ethical systems rest upon the principle of maximizing pleasure. Yet Jesus says that those who open themselves to sorrow will find ultimate consolation. (1997)
All Saints – Blogs
All Saints – Blogs
Lifeissues.net website publishes articles directly related to issues raised in Evangelium Vitae, and related homilies by Fr. Al Cariño, O.M.I., Fr. Tony Pueyo, and others.
To be saints — that is our calling as redeemed children of God — we must do ordinary things in an extraordinary way, that is, with one motive — love for God. Why not try this simple yet proven recipe for sainthood?
The Church presents us with countless witnesses such as St. Benedict, St. Paul of the Cross, St. Francis and others for guidance and emulation. The only difference between any of those saints and us is that they are already where we want to be. On this Solemnity of All Saints we honor all those men and women who have gone before us marked with the sign of faith, but we also keep in mind that as long as we remain faithful to the end we too will one day join them at the Heavenly banquet. What a joy it will be to be able to spend time with the Blessed Mother, St. Benedict, St. Francis or any of the other saints that we have turned to throughout the years for intercession and get to know them on a personal level.
Heaven does not only refer to the hereafter. Heaven is a state of being. Even now and in this world, we can somehow be connected to this dimension of existence. When we are able to love, forgive, accept, and share with others, then heaven is present
Today is the feast of All Saints. This is an important feast, for we believe in the Communion of Saints. What does this mean? It means there is a family of saints, thousands of saints, and they are our older siblings. You and I have older brothers and sisters who lived in previous times, suffered hardship, professed the same faith in Christ, entered into communion with the same Christ in the Eucharist, which is what we are about to do here.