On Today’s Gospel

Posted: November 1, 2018 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys

Don’t call me a saint! I am a sinner! Why are we so quick to be called a sinner? Instead of recognising that we are called to be saints, given that at present; we are only saints in the making. By our baptism we have been set apart, made Holy and so we are already a step in the right direction. We should therefore affirm one another by recognising the Saint in us. Created in the image and likeness of God our Father.

Holiness or saintliness is not something we grow into by our own achievement. It is first embracing all of our humanity, with its trials, tribulations, human frailty and much more. And striving to elevate the life of another to God’s glory. Knowing full well that all we say or do is perfected only through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Let us start living lives worthy of our calling. Turning away from all temptation and sin so that we live in the light of our Risen Lord. Let His face shine upon and through us to all we meet. Making disciples of all nations as we go along glorifying God by our lives. Then one day soon we will be reunited with all our sisters and brothers who had gone before us, to praise and glorify God in His presence.

All the Angels and Saints in heaven pray for us. Amen

First reading

Apocalypse 7:2-4,9-14
I saw a huge number, impossible to count, of people from every nation, race, tribe and language

I, John, saw another angel rising where the sun rises, carrying the seal of the living God; he called in a powerful voice to the four angels whose duty was to devastate land and sea, ‘Wait before you do any damage on land or at sea or to the trees, until we have put the seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God.’ Then I heard how many were sealed: a hundred and forty-four thousand, out of all the tribes of Israel.
After that I saw a huge number, impossible to count, of people from every nation, race, tribe and language; they were standing in front of the throne and in front of the Lamb, dressed in white robes and holding palms in their hands. They shouted aloud, ‘Victory to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!’ And all the angels who were standing in a circle round the throne, surrounding the elders and the four animals, prostrated themselves before the throne, and touched the ground with their foreheads, worshipping God with these words, ‘Amen. Praise and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honour and power and strength to our God for ever and ever. Amen.’
One of the elders then spoke, and asked me, ‘Do you know who these people are, dressed in white robes, and where they have come from?’ I answered him, ‘You can tell me, my lord.’ Then he said, ‘These are the people who have been through the great persecution, and they have washed their robes white again in the blood of the Lamb.’

Second reading

1 John 3:1-3
We shall be like God because we shall see him as he really is

Think of the love that the Father has lavished on us,by letting us be called God’s children; and that is what we are.
Because the world refused to acknowledge him, therefore it does not acknowledge us.
My dear people, we are already the children of God
but what we are to be in the future has not yet been revealed; all we know is, that when it is revealed we shall be like him because we shall see him as he really is.
Surely everyone who entertains this hope must purify himself, must try to be as pure as Christ.

Gospel

Matthew 5:1-12a
How happy are the poor in spirit

Seeing the crowds, Jesus went up the hill. There he sat down and was joined by his disciples. Then he began to speak. This is what he taught them:

‘How happy are the poor in spirit; theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Happy the gentle:they shall have the earth for their heritage.
Happy those who mourn:they shall be comforted.
Happy those who hunger and thirst for what is right:they shall be satisfied.
Happy the merciful:they shall have mercy shown them.
Happy the pure in heart:they shall see God.
Happy the peacemakers:they shall be called sons of God.
Happy those who are persecuted in the cause of right:theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

‘Happy are you when people abuse you and persecute you and speak all kinds of calumny against you on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.’

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