Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
November 1 A..D. 2009
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Revelation 7:2-4, 9-14
Psalm 24:1bc-2, 3-4ab, 5-6
1 John 3:1-3
A reflection on today's Scripture:
Since the Feast of All Saints falls on a Sunday this year, we have special Scripture readings. The first reading is from the great dream/vision of St. John the Evangelist, written during a time of intense persecution in the first century. The second reading, from the first letter of John, emphasizes love as the key quality for a follower of Christ. The Gospel gives us the Beatitudes, the rules for sainthood.
More people than usual will celebrate those millions of saints, including the "ordinary saints," people like us who have struggled to live out our baptismal promises despite failures and sins along the way to heavenly glory. These include our deceased parents and grandparents, our aunts and uncles who gave us such a wonderful example of faith, sacrifice, and generous hearts, who struggled all their lives to "follow the Lamb" as the first reading tells us.
Of course, this feast also includes the thousands of famous saints like St. Damien of Molokai who worked among the lepers in Hawaii. Pope Benedict XVI raised him to sainthood last Sunday. Today's solemnity reminds us to pray to and study more the lives of all the "greats," like St. Francis of Assisi and St. Therese of the Little Flower, and so many others. By the way, do you have a good Modern Lives of the Saints? Get one soon, or go on Google. That's a wonderful way to put your computer to good use.
Saints are people who "washed their clothes in the blood of the Lamb" (first reading) -- that is, they put the grace of their Baptism to daily use. Saints are people whose main struggle in life was to live as "children of God" (second reading) -- merciful, humble, forgiving, peacemakers. They lived the Beatitudes of today's Gospel. Saints are people who suffered often, fell from grace sometimes, but always picked themselves up through genuine sorrow for sin. They are the ones who talked to God as a friend, sought to put His Will first in their lives, and found their strength in the food of the Eucharist.
The saints lived free and joyful lives. We hope to be included in their number some day!
~ Msgr. Paul Whitmore
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Sunday, November 1, 2009
Solemnity of All Saints
Lives of the saints:
Full Scripture text from today's Liturgy of the Word:
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