HOMILY FOR THE SOLEMNITY OF ALL SAINTS DAY
1 John 3:1-3
Matt 5:1-12 a
Beloved in Christ, today is 1st November , a day set to honor all the Saints, both known and unknown and in the words of Pope Urban IV, it is to supply for any deficiencies in the faithful’s celebration of the Saints’ feast during the year. Therefore, I have chosen ” CELEBRATION OF OUR HOPE ” as our theme for today. This is to help us appreciate the reality of heaven and also invite us to live a life worthy of our calling as Christians.
Beloved, the Church offers us the opportunity to celebrate our unsung heroes. It is a recognition of the effort made by the many “faithful ” who are not officially canonized or beatified by the Church. And in the words, of Pope Francis, the Saints urge Christians to hung on to hope as they reflect on the promise that earthly life ends with eternal life in heaven. Today is in fact a day to reflect and think about our own future.
Thus , today is a day of hope, that since our brothers and sisters are in the presence of God, we too will be there if we follow the path of Jesus Christ.
Beloved, our gospel reading therefore gives us the perfect credentials of the Saints we honour today. They were poor in spirit. They suffered and wept for the Salvation of others. They hungered and thirsted for justice and truth. They were persecuted and bruised . And the grace that helped them is still available for us today. The good news is that ,if we run and endure, the way they did,we shall enjoy the same profile and reward.
Beloved, the Saints have no need of the honour from us but in the words of St. Benard, when we think of them we are inflamed by a tremendous yearning. Being a saint means living close to God so as to live in his family. The saints are lovers of God. They loved God and their neighbour as Christ wanted us to love. They achieved holiness not by doing uncommon things but by doing common things with uncommon love.
My dear friend, often we hear people complaining; look,I have been working and doing my best yet no one recognises me. No one cares about my efforts. This celebration tells us that the one who understands God will never think like that or speak that way. For this celebration is the reminder that every effort we make for God and neighbour will never go unrewarded by God..
This has been a Fr. Dolphyne’s presentation for www.dolphyne14.WordPress.com as we celebrate the solenimity of All saints day.
Kindly share this homily with your friends and May God richly bless you.