Archive for November 1, 2019

On all Saints day Morning…

Posted: November 1, 2019 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys

What a wonderful reminder found in the train station, of the food and drink of the Saints! Having just partaken of it with about 400 or more saints at Holy Trinity Church 6:30am Eucharistic Celebration.

Have a blessed day dear sisters and brothers in Christ. 🙏 ♥️


Today we rejoice with the Saints and angels in heaven; giving praise, glory and thanksgiving to our almighty and ever living God. We honour our sisters and brothers the living saints who have gone ahead, who now stand worthy in the presence of our loving and merciful God; as they pray ceaselessly for us, awaiting our heavenly reunion. Truly we are blessed.

Let us remember and emulate the virtuous lives they led. How they struggled to live out the beautitudes in their lives, yet persevered amidst great hardship, trials and persecution. For they knew through their great faith and love for the Lord our God that He, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ would always stand with them through it all. And when it was time, He would be there to welcome them with open arms. They were ordinary children of God our Father, just like you and me. But they grew in their faith, love and holiness such that they reflected the likeness and image of God our Father through their acts of mercy, charity and love. They show us that it is not only possible but our call through the grace of God to be one with Him and them in God’s eternal Kingdom. Amen

All you Holy wonderful Saints in heaven pray for us..

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: their 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.’