Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Solemnity of All Saints
Solemnity of All Saints
Thursday 30th Week in Ordinary Time - Year I
REVELATIONS 7:2-4, 9-14
I, John, saw another angel come up from the East, holding the seal of
the living God. He cried out in a loud voice to the four angels who
were given power to damage the land and the sea, "Do not damage the
land or the sea or the trees until we put the seal on the foreheads of
the servants of our God." I heard the number of those who had been
marked with the seal, one hundred and forty-four thousand marked from
every tribe of the children of Israel. After this I had a vision of a
great multitude, which no one could count, from every nation, race,
people, and tongue. They stood before the throne and before the Lamb,
wearing white robes and holding palm branches in their hands. They
cried out in a loud voice: "Salvation comes from our God, who is
seated on the throne, and from the Lamb." All the angels stood around
the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. They
prostrated themselves before the throne, worshiped God, and exclaimed:
"Amen. Blessing and glory, wisdom and thanksgiving, honor, power, and
might be to our God forever and ever. Amen." Then one of the elders
spoke up and said to me, "Who are these wearing white robes, and where
did they come from?" I said to him, "My lord, you are the one who
knows." He said to me, "These are the ones who have survived the time
of great distress; they have washed their robes and made them white in
the Blood of the Lamb."
1 JOHN 3:1-3
Beloved: See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we may be
called the children of God. Yet so we are. The reason the world does
not know us is that it did not know him. 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. Everyone who has this hope based on him makes himself pure, as
he is pure.
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."
In the introduction to the liturgy for today, the Daily Roman Missal
states that we celebrate the feast of all the unknown saints who are
now in heaven. The Church reminds us that sanctity is within
everyone's reach. Through the communion of saints we help one another
There are very many saints throughout the history of the Church who
have been honored with their own feast day because of some
extraordinary act of faith, hope or love. However, there are also many
more "saints" whose stories we do not know, but who have also been
given a place in heaven in the communion of saints. What makes this
reality so beautiful is that none of these saints acted out of a
"spirit of competition" to outdo another for his or her personal
glory. All of them acted out of the love for God and for his neighbor
even in the midst of great adversity and suffering.
The call to sanctity is universal. Sanctity is not impossible to
attain. If it were, then no one could ever enter the kingdom of God.
In Jesus it is made possible. In today's Gospel Jesus is preaching his
Sermon on the Mount. He's teaching his disciples and the crowd the
"beatitudes." Cutting the word in two we get "be attitudes." These are
proper attitudes of being. They are totally different from the
attitudes we develop, shaped as we are by our worldly environment.
Death respects no age; anyone can die anytime, any day. Since we cling
to our freedom of choice, why not choose what is certain and true -
everlasting life with God and all his saints?
We pray ...
... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
... for the strength, healing and speedy recovery of:
- Eligia G. Fernando
- Boy Revatoris
- Marge, Pam, Ken, BE and Eli
- Charlie Castro, Glenda Bisco, Julie Manzon, Mystica Besana, Delly
... for the personal intentions of:
- Julie and Glenn Manzon, Pat and Linda Manzon, Mary Castro, Ma. Fe
De Castro, Churchill Barayoga, Alfred Quinio and Mabel Pierera,
Estileta Escamilla, Glenda Bisco, Domingo Barayoga Jr.
... for San Juan de Dios Hospital
... for the eternal repose of the souls of Domingo and Lourdes
Barayoga, Allan Escamilla, Tony Campus. Eternal rest grant unto them
and may perpetual light shine upon them. May they and all the dearly
departed rest in peace.
... for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Lucila C. Tiongco
- In Memoriam (+): Mamerto Fainsan
... for world peace and reconciliation.
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our
prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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