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dc.contributor.authorFortina, Deben_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary number: 667en_US
dc.description.abstractRevelation 7:2-4,9-14 God's Servants will be preserved. " ... 'These are the people who have been through the great trial; they have washed their robes white again in the blood of the Lamb.'..."||Psalm 24: 1-6 For a solemn entry into the sanctuary. " ... Such a one will receive blessing from Yahweh, saving justice from the God of his salvation ... "|1 John 3: 1-3 To Live as God's Children. "Whoever treasures this hope of him purifies himself, to be as pure as he is."|Matthew 5:1-12 The Sermon on the Mount. " ... Blessed are those who are persecuted in the cause of uprightness: the kingdom of Heaven is theirs."|Today's readings are the blueprint of life's model for holiness. As a Church we celebrate All Saints Day recognizing all those who have gone before us heeding God's call to be holy. We also celebrate all the saints in the making who each day strive to hear the voice of God, the I AM. We are that people, and the saints who have gone before us are concrete examples that holiness can be attained. Their lives are our models and we are grateful to know their stories, for we are all called to be saints and to be holy. What does this mean exactly? In 1 John 3:1-3, we are encouraged to live as children of God in imitation of the I AM, God who is holy and upright. John is telling us to be ready for the time when we will see the face of God.|In Revelation 7:2-14, we are given a glimpse of those "end" times. Those living, who have been faithful to God will be marked with a seal and preserved from the plagues that "devastate land and sea." We are told about the Christian martyrs, who have been through the "great trial" who will stand in front of the throne and the Lamb shouting hymns of Praise.|When I was a child, learning about the saints, I thought of their lives of sainthood as unreachable. In the short story we heard about these people's lives, they seamed to do everything right. Saints suffered, but did not fall down and make mistakes. Becoming one was unrealistic to me. Through the years I heard the rest of the story, the longer version. These people who became saints were not perfect or without sin, they were fully human. They weren't really different people than the rest of us, they just spent more time listening to God, hearing that call that is sounded daily. They spent time in prayer, they became so strong, through the One who gives strength, that when they faced the world who "did not know them" 1 John 3:1 and even persecuted them for their faith they did not falter, but remained strongly convicted.|We each have had to face many trials, from peer pressure to follow a less than holy life, to ostracism for strongly believing in a Church teaching such as the Pro-Life issues. Some in our century have gone through the gravest suffering of torture and loss of life for their religious convictions. From the October 31, 1999 issue of the "Our Sunday Visitor," in the article titled Seeds of the 21st-Century Church, we learn the Church is compiling a list of names of people who have died in the 20th century for their faith. The count is up to 10,000 and they say these names are only a drop in the bucket. In May 2000 the Church will give witness to these people so that all may know them by name. The article also says only God will know the names of some of those who lost their lives in the Nazi concentration camps and Soviet Gulags. (OSV pg. 12) Today's readings also include Jesus' Sermon on the Mount, the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:1-12). Let us spend some time today in this reading, listening to the call to be holy. Sit with the message and let it soak into you heart. To quote Matthew Kelly, a Business major visiting Creighton St. John's from Australia a few years ago, "Holiness is attractive," and he repeated this several times. Look how people were attracted to Mother Theresa while in her presence, and look how they follow our Holy Father Pope John Paul II. If we seek God's teachings we will find them, it is our choice. There are thousands of opportunities to hear God's Word; through retreats, through music, through speakers, through prayer and Mass, through the writings of the Church, we are completely surrounded with the opportunity. Paying attention today to this tomorrow, heaven, will pay the highest dividend, the highest reward. Pray that through the intercession of the saints we might hear God's appeal in our hearts, to follow Him.en_US
dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.rightsThese reflections may not be sold or used commercially without permission. Personal or parish use is permitted.en_US
dc.subject.otherAll Saints, Solemnityen_US
dc.titleReflection for Monday, November 1, 1999: All Saints, Solemnity.en_US
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.program.unitVP for Academic Affairsen_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorFortina, Deborah A.en_US Timeen_US 31en_US
dc.subject.local1Revelation 7:2-4, 9-14en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 24:1bc-2, 3-4ab, 5-6en_US
dc.subject.local31 John 3:1-3en_US
dc.subject.local4Matthew 5:1-12aen_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US Aen_US

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