November 1, 2020
All Saints Day
Revelation 7:2-4, 9-14; 1 John 3:1-3; Matthew 5:1-12a
As we come to the final Sundays in Ordinary Time, we are fortunate to be celebrating one of the great feasts of the Church’s year. The first day of November is the solemnity of All Saints. On this day we remember that the saints were people like you and me. They became models of Christian life. Most of them did this gently and quietly and are unknown to us. But they are known by God, and that is what really counts. But their holy Christian life, whether it was recognized or not, has made our world a better place. Of course, Jesus is the ultimate model of Christian life, and He is the source of all we do and are as believers. So then, why are the saints so important? Among other things, the saints help us to see how holiness appears in different ages of the world, in a variety of situations, in a variety of peoples. All Saints Day is when we remember this reality in a particular way through the liturgy. We join with the Church which has celebrated a form of this feast for nearly 1700 years, and in that time the people of God have had this opportunity to celebrate, as a worshipping community, the wonderful people who have gone before us, inspire us, and teach us the beauty and importance of faith, sacrifice, holiness and love. The Beatitudes, our Gospel for today, show us the path to true happiness through trust in God and service to our brothers and sisters. This is the life of the Christian believer, and this is the way to sainthood. We join with the saints of every age in echoing our Psalm refrain for today: “Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face!” May we be included in the people who long for such a holy vision!