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Homilies :: Latin Rite
Wednesday of the 30th Week in Ordinary Time Download This Homily

Rev 7: 2-24, 9: 14:

Ps 23: 1-2, 3-4ab, 5-6

1 Jn 3: 1-3

Mt 5: 1-12a


All Saints Day


There is no Gospel passage that has impressed, challenged and influenced human minds so much as the Sermon on the Mount. The appreciation of these words of Jesus goes beyond the limits of religions and cultures. Especially the section of the Beatitudes in the Sermon has attracted many people and has awakened in them interest to learn more about Christianity.


Because of the Beatitudes, the Gospel is known as the good news of joy. It is precisely the promise of happiness that makes the eight Beatitudes in the Sermon attractive. They hide in them the secret code to unlock the mystery of everlasting happiness. Hence the central theme of today’s Gospel is happiness.


Happiness in life is what every human being looks for. If there is anything that the whole world is yearning and searching for, irrespective of religion, culture, colour and race, it is happiness. There is no other purpose which can explain the extent of human efforts day in and day out. It is the ultimate human value, desired and sought by all, but with varying success.


Pope Francis in his Encyclical “The Joy of the Gospel” has explained why many people get exasperated in their search for happiness. Consumerism, greed and self-centredness mislead many people away from the true living springs of joy. They end up in the deserts of frustration. The Beatitudes on the other hand promise authentic and lasting joy which at the same time demand a different way of thinking and behaving.


All the saints in heaven, whom we remember today, are people who discovered the secret source of happiness in the Beatitudes of Jesus. They are saints because they are people of joy. The Kingdom of God is therefore the City of Joy. We believe in the communion of saints, which means that the joy of the saints flows down to the earth and embraces the entire humanity. Hence we can say that the Kingdom of God, the City of Joy is not merely a future, otherworldly reality. It is an experience here and now, in the heart of every human being. It is in that sense that we who are still in the world, are in communion with the saints in heaven.


But there is a difference: the saints have overcome the struggles of the worldly life, while we on earth are still in the battlefield of life. For us the joy is conditional. In other words it is hidden from our sight, even though it is there. Our ability to experience it depends on our ability to discover it.


In the Beatitudes Jesus tells us where the happiness of life is hidden and where we have to look for it. You are blessed, you can rejoice and be glad, when you are poor, when you mourn, when you are humble and meek, when you suffer for justice, when you show mercy, when you are pure in heart, when you make efforts to establish peace and when you are persecuted and falsely accused.


The saints in heaven whom we honour today are those who have succeeded in discovering the treasure of joy in the most unlikely places and situations of their lives, taking cue from the preaching of Jesus. Today we remember not only those saints of the past, but also those of today, here in our midst, who live the beatitudes unseen and unsung. Their lives inspire us as living examples of the Gospel of joy.


Let us discover within us the hidden source of happiness, which overflows into all areas of our life and our activities.


Dr Sebastian Elavathingal CMI

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