Audio Readings November 1, 2012 Solemnity of All Saints

Revelation 7:2-4, 9-14;Psalm 24:1-6 1 John 3:1-3 Matthew 5:1-12

All Saints

“I had a vision of a great multitude, which no one could count.” (Revelation 7:9)

Imagine surfing the Internet to discover you have A-list celebrity status in a distant country. This hap­pened a few years ago to little-known Canadian actor Rob Stewart. In Serb­ia’s struggle for democracy, Stewart’s Tropical Heat television character Nick Slaughter, a resilient detective in an idyllic tropical locale, cap­tured the country’s imagination. He became a national symbol of freedom and political opposition. Popular slo­gans appeared on posters saying: “Nick Slaughter for President.” Soon after his discovery, Stewart arrived in Serbia to a hero’s welcome.

This could be the story of most of the saints we honor today. So many of them lived modest, even hidden lives while on earth, and they were probably greatly surprised by the hero’s welcome they received once they reached heaven’s gates. Like Jesus, they were frequently misunder­stood and even considered enemies while on earth. But now they are cele­brated throughout the world and given seats of honor in heaven. Talk about a magnificent turnaround!

The saints we honor today include John of the Cross, who was impris­oned and beaten by members of his own order, but is now a Doctor of the Church. They include the Mohawk maiden Kateri Tekakwitha, who was denied food on Sundays for refus­ing to work on the Sabbath, but whose scarred face was miraculously smoothed and made beautiful after her death. They even include Peter, who was executed for leading a rad­ical religious cult.

There are countless other saints— including many of our relatives—who responded to Jesus’ invitation and fol­lowed him faithfully. Imagine how astonished these hidden ones were when they entered heaven to cheering crowds! Imagine, too, the reception awaiting you as you keep saying “yes” to the Lord. Who knows? Maybe even Nick Slaughter will be there to wel­come you!

“Father, help me to follow in your Son’s footsteps.” ~wau

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About gemdk

I am a cradle Catholic who made my first Holy Communion over 5o years ago at All Saints Catholic Church in Houston,TX in 1961. Went to Mass every Sunday as a child and teen and then young adult. Fell away for about 12 years in the late 80's, early 90's and then realized what was missing in my life was my Catholic upbringing and faith. Found my home at Sacred Heart in Crosby. Filling up the void I had for those 12 years in more ways than I can imagine, loving every minute of it. But this blog is not about me as much as it is for me and anyone who wants/needs to hear the word of God. I'm merely the instrument God uses to post the readings.
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