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All Saints Solemnity A

Sunday, November 01, 2020

At the Solemnity of All Saints, we celebrate today, the Church reminds us about our vocation to holiness pointing out its divine source. The reading from the 1st Letter of St. John the Apostle reveals the truth that Jesus Christ is a way of our holiness because in baptism everyone receives the dignity of being adopted as the children of God and exactly this dignity makes us possible to reach holiness. As John reminds “Everyone who has this hope based on him (Jesus) makes himself pure, as he is pure.” The first reading from the Book of Revelation reminds us that the first saints in the Church who now worship God before his throne in heaven, were in accord with the will of Jesus, those who shed their blood for their faith. For shedding his blood they receive the white garments, being purified from their sins. No wonder that from the beginning the Church built to his martyrs, temples automatically seeing in them saints as they manifested (witnessed) in that way, their faith in Jesus. The Latin word “martyr” means exactly a “witness”. The crowd of saints also joins all the people living with the spirit of Jesus, the spirit that the beatitudes speak about today in the Gospel. It is about a divine blessing of those who are poor in spirit, mourn, meek, hunger and thirst for righteousness, merciful, clean of heart, peacemakers, persecuted for the sake of righteousness, and all those who are treated a similar way because of the Kingdom of God. Those people, according to the assurance of Jesus, will be comforted, satisfied and happy, because their full reward is in heaven. The prayer at the beginning of the Mass emphasizes the role of saints for the Church: thanks to their intercession God gives us desired forgiveness in Jesus Christ our Lord.