Monday 1 November 2021

About Today Readings

All Saints

Apocalypse 7:2-4, 9-14. Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face – Psalm 23(24):1-6. 1 John 3:1-3. Matthew 5:1-12.

Makes friends with the saints

As a child, I remember waiting till I could choose my saint name for Confirmation and reading the Book of the Saints which we had in the classroom (Book 1 & 2). Lives filled with adventure, spirit, and for some gruesome death, or a peacefulness that was far from this world. Working as a pastoral associate, my parish priest reminded me to ‘make friends with the Saints’. What did he mean? In their lives, saints were ordinary people, who carried weakness just like us. But they show us how to live a life towards God. Australia’s first saint, Mary MacKillop, once asked her mother ‘do you try now in real earnest to be a saint?’ Did Mary know she would be a canonised? Her life was devoted to following Jesus in her life. She learned from her mother a dependence on God in all things. Our Gospel today gives us the road rules on how to be a saint. They can be referred to as “BE-attitudes* – attitudes of being or ways of acting: to be peacemakers, to show mercy, to be pure in heart. The saints lived lives of a people that longed to see the face of God.

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