Solemnity of All Saints

In Search of Perfection – Gospel in Preparation for the Solemnity of All Saints

In Search of Perfection – Gospel in Preparation for the Solemnity of All Saints

The Man on the Mount embodies the Sermon on the Mount. Everything he demands, he has lived himself. Think of the first beatitude, “blessed are the poor in spirit” and remember “though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant”(Phillipians 2: 6-7). Or the third, “blessed are the meek” and remember he said, “Come to me , all you that are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest.. for I am gentle (meek) and humble of heart “ (Matthew 11:29). Or the last, “blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you” and remember “they spat on him and took a reed and struck him on the head. After mocking him… they led him away to crucify him” (Matthew 27:30-31).

He not only teaches, but he leads the way. He is, as the writer of Hebrews says, the “pioneer and perfecter of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2)

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A Driving Hope – Second Reading in Preparation for the Solemnity of All Saints

A Driving Hope – Second Reading in Preparation for the Solemnity of All Saints

Walk bravely and confidently into your sure future. But as you walk, live as if heaven is where you really want to end and as if being like Jesus is what you really want to become. That is, “Everyone who has this hope based on him makes himself pure as he is pure.” The way is actually simple and is expressed eloquently in the simplest of ways in an old Gospel song.

I have but one supreme desire, that I may be like Jesus.
To this I earnestly aspire, that I may be like Jesus.
I want my heart his throne to be,
so that a watching world may see,
His likeness shining forth in me.
I want to be like Jesus.

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A Vision of Conquerors – First Reading in Preparation for the Solemnity of All Saints

A Vision of Conquerors – First Reading in Preparation for the Solemnity of All Saints

The vision is given so that we, too, might envision and hope to find ourselves in that crowd, joining in our own time all those who have gone before and who, as John says elsewhere, “have overcome by the blood of the Lamb and their testimony”. And we are to see ourselves in today’s troubles as those who are conquering and shall conqueror; who, no matter how strong the foe, are able to affirm “we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”

Our end is assured, and the end of every trial as well. What is needed is confidence for today, the confidence that comes when we take our eyes off the temporary difficulty and raise them to the permanent reality.

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No Safer Place – First Reading for the Solemnity of All Souls

No Safer Place – First Reading for the Solemnity of All Souls

“…they had known God’s love and care through generation after generation and were convinced that what he said was true: “The steadfast love of the Lord endures forever” is one of the most oft repeated phrases in the Old Testament, appearing nearly thirty times in Psalm 136 alone. Could death separate them from such a love? They were convinced it could not. God’s love for them would endure forever and, in that love, so would they.

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