Sunday, October 31, 2010
SOLEMNITY OF ALL SAINTS
SOLEMNITY OF ALL SAINTS
MONDAY 31ST WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR II
REVELATION 7:2-4, 9-14
Then I saw another angel rising where the sun rises, carrying the seal
of the living God; he called in a powerful voice to the four angels
whose duty was to devastate land and sea, 'Wait before you do any
damage on land or at sea or to the trees, until we have put the seal
on the foreheads of the servants of our God.' And I heard how many had
been sealed: a hundred and forty-four thousand, out of all the tribes
of Israel. After that I saw that there was a huge number, impossible
for anyone to count, of people from every nation, race, tribe and
language; they were standing in front of the throne and in front of
the Lamb, dressed in white robes and holding palms in their hands.
They shouted in a loud voice, 'Salvation to our God, who sits on the
throne, and to the Lamb!' And all the angels who were standing in a
circle round the throne, surrounding the elders and the four living
creatures, prostrated themselves before the throne, and touched the
ground with their foreheads, worshipping God with these words: Amen.
Praise and glory and wisdom, thanksgiving and honour and power and
strength to our God for ever and ever. Amen. One of the elders then
spoke and asked me, 'Who are these people, dressed in white robes, and
where have they come from?' I answered him, 'You can tell me, sir.'
Then he said, 'These are the people who have been through the great
trial; they have washed their robes white again in the blood of the
FIRST JOHN 3:1-3
You must see what great love the Father has lavished on us by letting
us be called God's children -- which is what we are! The reason why
the world does not acknowledge us is that it did not acknowledge him.
My dear friends, we are already God's children, but what we shall be
in the future has not yet been revealed. We are well aware that when
he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he really
is. Whoever treasures this hope of him purifies himself, to be as pure
as he is.
Seeing the crowds, he went onto the mountain. And when he was seated
his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak. This is what he
taught them: How blessed are the poor in spirit: the kingdom of Heaven
is theirs. Blessed are the gentle: they shall have the earth as
inheritance. Blessed are those who mourn: they shall be comforted.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for uprightness: they shall
have their fill. Blessed are the merciful: they shall have mercy shown
them. Blessed are the pure in heart: they shall see God. Blessed are
the peacemakers: they shall be recognized as children of God. Blessed
are those who are persecuted in the cause of uprightness: the kingdom
of Heaven is theirs. 'Blessed are you when people abuse you and
persecute you and speak all kinds of calumny against you falsely on my
account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven;
this is how they persecuted the prophets before you.
Today we celebrate the solemnity for all the saints. A day that helps
us to continue to fight the good fight of Faith. Did anyone ask your
permission to be born? When to arrive in this world? Certainly no one
did! Neither can we say it is the sole decision of our parents. After
being born, the next thing we contemplate on is where do we go from
here? What is our purpose in life? After achieving what the society
demands from us, what next?
This is precisely how the Mother Church helps us — by celebrating this
Solemnity. St. John speaks of a love that God the Father is giving us.
A love that declares us to be children of God. And so we are. This
treasure encourages us, the children of God, to look forward to the
heavenly kingdom. To confirm this, Revelation speaks of a people
dressed in white robes; those who have come from the great
tribulation, those who in their life followed the footsteps of
Christ's teaching, specified clearly in Christ's Sermon on the Mount.
Christ says after the Beatitudes: "Rejoice and be glad, for your
reward is great in heaven…" Everything on earth will soon fade away,
our honors, jewelry, houses, cars — all will fade away. So let us
encourage one another to work for things that will last forever, for a
life that is eternal joy with God the Father. Today, let us be
inspired by the lives of the saints, who like many of us live ordinary
lives, doing daily chores, but lives attached to the heavenly Father,
with lives full of Hope, Faith and Love.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Dan Camandero
- Jo Marcelo, Jun Lee, Mon Torres, Fleur Torres, Peping Torres
- Araceli Miguel
- Esther Carandang
- Dodie dela Cruz
- Ely Lara
- Josephine Gayona
… for the personal intentions of
- Veronica Yap
- Luis Torres
- Doris Laxamana
- Edwin T. Eufemio
- Titong V.
… Birthday: Marissa Gorospe
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Natalia O. Abella, Telesforo Ritumalta, Vicenta Ritumalta, Alberto
F. Atrero, Noemi Porcadillo
- Anne Chan
- Leonida Sarmiento, Benjamin Sarmiento, Loreto Solis, Jenifer
Columna, Jesica Columna
- Olimpio Abelilla, Estrella Cepe
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: Jason Thai
- Birthday: Gloria M. Pilares
- Birthday: Ralen Sy
- Birthday: Soly Ong Acero Chua
- Birthday: Louciana Ngo Sy
- In Memoriam (+): Chew See
- In Memoriam (+): Departed Friends & Relatives of James & Gloria Yu
… 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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