Sunday, November 1, 2015

All Saints Day

What a wonderful display of images of the saints in the alcove in our Gathering Space!  I thank our Arts & Environment team for assembling it:

The Gospel reading for today was the Beatitudes (Mt 5:1-12).  Living the Beatitudes is the way of the saints.  Those holy men and women lived the meekness, humility, poverty of spirit, courage, love and thirst for justice asked of them by Our Lord.  And by walking that simple path, despite the challenges, struggles and crosses they faced, they found joy.

The Dominican theologian Servais Pinckaers calls the Sermon on the Mount, of which the Beatitudes are a foundational part, a “charter of the Christian life” (Pinckaers, Morality: The Catholic View, 8).  “The Beatitudes focus the hope of the disciples upon the kingdom of heaven, paradoxically directed to the poor and those persecuted for Jesus’ sake.”  They are the “response of Christ to the question of happiness” according to the Fathers of the Church (Pinckaers, 9).

The Sainte-Chapelle, a royal medieval Gothic chapel in Paris, France, built by St. Louis IX

The saints have “competed well.”  They have “finished the race.”  They have “kept the faith” (2 Tim 4:7).

“They have washed their robes and made them white in the Blood of the Lamb” (Rv 7:14; today’s Reading 1).

May we follow on their path by living the Beatitudes!

No comments:

Post a Comment