Every day, we need to go to our quiet place...

Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

November 1, A.D. 2002

Revelation 7:2-4,9-14
Psalm 24:1-4ab,5-6
1 John:3:1-3
Matthew 5:1-12a

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

Amen! Praise, glory, wisdom, thanksgiving, honor,
power and might belong to our God forever and ever. Amen!

(Revelation 7:12)

"Blessed" is a way to describe how we feel about someone who has received a special favor in answer to his or her prayers or it can also mean that the person is very happy or fortunate. Imagine being in that throng of people whose only desire is to worship the Lord as they stand in His presence for all eternity! This is our call! This is where God has a place prepared for each of us. We are "blessed"! Today we celebrate All Saints Day, a day when we remember in our prayers all who have gone before us who lived the Gospel on earth.

As children of God, how do we prepare ourselves to be in the presence of our Maker? Are there any steps we might take that will bring us closer? Jesus clearly outlines for us the all-familiar Beatitudes as our guide for the journey. He's not standing with His "red marker" to grade us, but He is only asking us to do our best with the individual gifts we have received. Everyone created by our God has a gift; a gift is not a gift until we fully share it with others. By the grace of God, as we try to become more like Him, in our thoughts, words and actions, we will be among those praising Him for all eternity.

O Lord,
Help me to live the Beatitudes today
and everyday of my life. Amen.

- Deacon Bill Powers (uujpow@aol.com)

For the saint, feast or memorial of this day

The Solemnity of All Saints
[a Holyday of Obligation]


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