Solemnity of All Saints
Malvern Minute

 

Solemnity of All Saints

November 1, 2019

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry

 

Revelation 7:2-4, 9-14

Psalm 24

First Letter of Saint John 3:1-3

Matthew 5:1-12a

When times are tough, some individuals, authors in particular, draw on the apocalyptic language of some of the Biblical Books to give meaning to what they experience.  Today’s first reading is often used for such purposes because the text refers to global destruction and for some of us who experience difficulties, insecurities, and threats to their lives, conclude that this reading is now a reality; “our world is coming to an end.”  But is this really implied by the Book of Revelations or do we simply misunderstand the apocalyptic language? 

Our first reading also refers to us not as individuals but as a group, a collective of followers of Christ.  It is not about “me” or “you,” it is about “us.”   In other words, we do not go through difficult times alone.  We are a community and are expected to support each other as “children of God,” and as brothers and sisters as the second reading clearly reminds us.  

As we read the “Sermon on the Mount” let us meditate over its relevance for us, the Church, and all who are called to change the world through Christ’s teachings.  Let us pray for our Christian communities, parishes, and the Church as a whole,  to transform our society, our economic systems shaped by inequalities contrary to Jesus’ teaching, our political systems which so often favor the elite and do not sufficiently protect those at the fringes of society who are God’s priority.  Let us also pray for and recognize international relations which reflect global disparities in wealth and power, contradicting Jesus’ teaching on equality and equity.  

On this day, the Solemnity of All Saints, we remember those who transformed the world and who are now “rejoicing in heaven”.  Their example inspires us and they accompany us through their prayer and interventions.  They are truly “Blessed.” 

Question of the Day:  Will you follow the teachings of Jesus and do your part to change a troubled world?

Prayer:  Heavenly Father, let us follow the example of our Blessed saints in heaven.  May we to serve you as they did in order for us to reach our eternal destiny.

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