November 1, 2015: Solemnity of All Saints
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.” ( Matthew 5:1-12)
Jesus is telling his disciples about the blessings that will be received in the kingdom of God, by those who have experienced burdens and sorrows. These blessings, or beatitudes were given to us to show us how we too can take care of one another. We belong to the family of God and just like our own family, we are reminded the best blessings in life are found in how we love one another. Today we honor all the people in heaven who have loved God and cared for others while they were on earth. We celebrate their lives and remember all the gifts they have given to us.
Recall someone whom you love, that has died. Thank them for the gift of their love and all that they have taught you. You may want to write them a letter today. They are among the Communion of the Saints.
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