Tuesday 1 November 2022
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.
We are surrounded by the communion of saints
Pope Benedict XVI, in his encyclical letter Spe Salvi (Saved by hope), once described the life of saints as ‘plunging into the ocean of infinite love… life in the full sense, a plunging ever anew into the vastness of being, in which we are simply overwhelmed with joy.’
The lives of those who have been named as saints by the Church are celebrated today. Their lives were marked by deep love, courage in the face of adversity, a willingness to forgive, a total commitment to Jesus and the other. Their lives still inspire us today. All who follow Christ are called to be saints with a small ‘s’. To continue to live lives that are holy and directed towards God.
Let us reflect today on the way that God’s grace works in every human life.