Year C – Solemnity of All Saints – November 1, 2013 – Gospel Reflection

Revelation 7:2-4, 9-14; Psalm 24:1-2, 3-4, 5-6 (R/. cf. 6); 1 John 3:1-3; Matthew 11:28; Matthew 5:1-12a

In a healthy parish, individuals work together as one community for the good of all.  This power is rooted in the love God poured into our hearts to pour out into the world.  All Saints Day celebrates this power that entered into the world through the dying and rising of Christ, a power manifested especially in those drawn into the one body of Christ through baptism.  More broadly, this power enters the world whenever men and women are poor in spirit, mourn the world’s sorrows, are meek, hunger and thirst for righteousness, show mercy, are pure of heart, peacemakers, and withstand persecution for the sake of living in right relationship with God, others, and the world.  They not only will enter heaven; they bring it into the world now.  These are the saints.

Who are the saints who have touched your life?


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