Reflections On The Solemnity Of All Saints – November 1.

Reflections On The Solemnity Of All Saints – November 1.

REFLECTION ON SOLEMNITY OF ALL SAINTS, NOVEMBER 1, 2018.

“Where we are they were and where they are we shall be”

(Apoc 7:2-4.9-14; 1John 3:1-3; Matt 5:1-12)

Introduction-

Every November 1 is celebrated in Western Church as the Solemnity of All Saints, a feast that dates back to Pope Gregory IV (827-844) and Pope Gregory VII (1020-1085). Today the holy mother Church celebrates her sons and daughters, known and unknown whose efforts and virtues are considered to have earned them rewards with God. 

Many of them are ordinary people coming from all walks of life. Some of them are anonymous Christians: men and women in various cultures and in various ages who never had the opportunities of membership of the body of Christ but diligently and obediently followed the dictates of right conscience and bore witness to the Truth in their hearts. 

Many of our ancestors are therefore among those we celebrate their good deeds, and consequently of the beatific vision they now enjoy in heaven. Thus, the first reading of today bears witness to inumerable heroes and heroines of virtues: their number is uncountable, coming from every nation, from all tribes and people and tongues (Revelation 7).

Solemnity of All Saints includes three basic elements:

Thanksgiving: We give thanks to God for the lives of these array of saints; they are actually the masterpieces of God’s work now made “children of God indeed”. We do not in any way ascribe glory that belongs to God to the saints when we venerate them, rather we give glory to God through them; for their graces are God’s gifts to them. Today is a celebration of wonders of God’s graces in the saints.

Memorial: We consider their examples and emulate them. Their is no better and shorter way to Christian perfection than emulation of the heroic virtues of the saints. Their experiences are filled with practical theologies for life. St. Paul once asked his followers to emulate him as he emulates Christ (1 Corinthians 4:16). 

Celebration of Hope: When we consider the persecutions, difficulties and pains, these brothers of ours underwent for the sake of Christ and the Church, we are hopeful that God will always accompany us with his graces. What we suffer, they suffered, even more. Where we are they were, and where they are we shall one day be. God has not finished with us yet. Let us also have recourse to communion with the saints especially with our patron saints for they are eager to assist us in our prigrimage here.

As we celebrate the Church triumphant, let us pray that God may bestow on us through the prayers of so many intercessors an abundance of reconciliation with him and our neighbour which we earnestly long, through Christ our Lord. amen.

-Written By Fr.Leonard.

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