All Saints

Published on 26 Oct 2020
Stone statues of saints on a church door

Think of the love that the Father has lavished upon us!

Almighty ever-living God,

by whose gift we venerate in one celebration

the merits of all the Saints,

bestow on us, we pray, through the prayers of so many intercessors,

an abundance of the reconciliation with you

for which we earnestly long.

The feast of All Saints celebrates the true life in Christ that we are all called to live.

The First Reading is a vision of the heavenly realm. It reminds us of the community of Saints who have gone before us, those inspirational people who embodied their love of Christ through their words and deeds.

The Psalm celebrates a vision of the world vibrant with the reality of God’s presence in creation and his people. We are blessed when we are able to see the Lord throughout the whole of creation.

In the Second Reading, we are encouraged to think of the love that has been lavished upon us by being called God’s children. This is a truth that we need to pause and ponder upon to let it truly transform how we see ourselves and each other.

Today’s Gospel is the Beatitudes: a teaching that finds holiness both in the depths of human experience of loss, poverty and persecution, and in the expressions of compassion in response towards these sufferings. The lives of the Saints and of countless others have been transformed by their deep truth.

These teachings speak to the difficult realities of our times too. Many live in poverty, or are innocent victims of war; many mourn lives cut short by the Covid virus; others are persecuted for their beliefs. Let us hold all of these members of our human family in our prayer this coming week and pray for each other, that we may awaken to our true selves as lavishly loved children of God.

The Lord’s is the earth and its fullness, the world and all its peoples. It is he who set it on the seas; on the waters he made it firm.   Responsorial Psalm

We are already the children of God, but what we are to be in the future has not yet been revealed.      First Reading

Come to me, all you who labour and are overburdened, and I will give you rest, says the Lord.     Gospel Acclamation

This week’s texts if you want to explore further:

Apocalypse 7: 2–4.9–14; Psalm 23 (24); 1 John 3: 1–3; Matthew 5: 1–12