Rejoicing in Holiness
Malvern Minute


November 1, 2017 – Solemnity of All Saints

Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest, says the Lord. Alleluia, alleluia!


Mark J. Poletunow, Malvern President (


Click for: Readings for the day (From the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops)


A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew (5:1-12a)


When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain,
and after he had sat down, his disciples came to him. 
He began to teach them, saying:

Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the land.
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the clean of heart,
for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,
for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you
and utter every kind of evil against you falsely because of me.
Rejoice and be glad,
for your reward will be great in heaven.”


Reflect: Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven. Hopefully today is a day when we can dream about and reach for holiness; a day when we can recommit ourselves to our desire to be saints. As encouragement, Saint John writes in the today’s second reading (1 John 3): “Beloved, we are God’s children now. What we shall be has not yet been revealed. We do know that when it is revealed we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.” Pope Benedict XVI writes: “To become saints means to fulfill completely what we already are, raised to the dignity of God’s adopted children in Christ Jesus.”  This solemnity is filled with great joy and hope. We have joy for the Saints who have gone before us – those recognized and those who we know from their own example. We have joy because we are created to be one with Christ; to be swept up into the Communion of Saints. There is hope because we believe that God has destined us to be united with him, to live for him, to be filled with his love and grace, to be witnesses of his light and love to the world. May we have not only the desire to love the Lord with all of our heart, and mind and spirit, but also the courage to make him known, to make his light seen in the world by the way that we choose to love our neighbor. We put on Christ (holiness) at our baptism, may that holiness come to fruition throughout our lives. To God be the glory!


Questions: Do I desire to be holy? Do I seek to imitate Christ with my life? Do I seek to be united with Christ and his ways with all of the choices I make?


Pray: Loving God, through the intercession of all the Saints, may I become the person you have made me to be, and merit to enjoy everlasting life united with you.   I pray this in the powerful and perfect name of Jesus. Amen.


Let us all rejoice in the Lord, as we celebrate the feast day in honor of all the Saints, at whose festival the Angels rejoice and praise the Son of God.



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