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

November 1, 2018

Thursday of the 30th Week in the Ordinary Time

 

Rev 7: 2-4, 1

 John 3: 1-3

Gospel MT 5:1-12A


When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain, and after he had sat down, his disciples came to him.  He began to teach them, saying: "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land. Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you falsely because of me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven."

 

All Saints Day

 

Today the Catholic Church celebrates the feast of all Saints, saints who are known and unknown, saints who are canonized and not yet canonized.


Let us go still deep into the world of sanctity rather behind the intentions behind celebrating the feast. There are mainly three hidden calls behind it. Firstly, it a call to thank the Lord for the glory he has bestowed on the saints and to join in their ecstasy. Secondly it is a call of encouragement to follow Christ. Thirdly it is a call to become Saints.


Great saints are honored not because they did great things but because the smallest things in an extraordinary manner. The thought stuck St, Ignatius of Loyola which later inspired him to be so was “If the Saints could do so, Why not I”. Yes, I can surely become a saint. Saint Alphonsus Ligourie says, “He who does not cherish a desire to achieve sanctity, may be Christian, but not a good Christian”.     Saint Augustine says, “It is pleasant to see the saints, to be with the saints and to be a saint”, Yes, my dear friends, a saintly figure according to Saint Chrysostom is like a mirror which will behold our blemishes and disfigures our souls. Today as we look at the saints whom we like the most are like mirrors who try to remove our blemishes, and renew our souls.


The most profound interpretation of the word of God comes from the lives of the Saints who allowed them to be shaped by the word of God by listening, reflecting and meditating the word of God. St. Anthony the Abbot was moved by the words, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and distribute to the poor”. St Basil says, the distinctive mark of faith is the unhesitating certainty that the words inspired by God are really true”. St Francis Assisi, upon hearing the words, “Do not carry gold, silver, no purse, no money, nor carry bread, staff for the journey…” cried out, “This is what I ask for, this is I long to do with all my heart”. St Dominic “everywhere showed himself to be a man of the Gospel in word as in deed”.    


Every Saint is like a ray of light streaming forth from the word of God: we can think of Ignatius of Loyola in his search for truth and in his discernment of spirits, Don Bosco in his passion for the education for the young, Theresa of Avila constantly using biblical images to express her mystical experiences, Theresa of Child Jesus, in her discovery that love is her personal vocation, by pouring over the Scriptures especially I Corinthians Ch.13., St. John Maria Vianney in his awareness of the grandeur of the priesthood as a gift and task, Blessed Theresa of Calcutta, the missionary of God’s charity for the poor, the martyrs of Nazism represented by Edith Stein, a Carmelite nun, St. Alphonsa, the first canonized saint born in India her joyful acceptance of suffering inspired by the word of God, “unless a grain of wheat falls and dies… (Jn 12:20).


Through the intercession of the saints, let us ask the Lord that our own lives may be “that good soil” in which the divine sower plants the seed so that it may bear fruits of holiness, hundredfold (Mk 4:20). Today try to recite any of the mantras. “To God be glory, to my neighbor happiness and to me hardships”. (Ref: Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation, “Verbum Domini”, Pope Benedict XVI, pages 86-90)


Fr. Shepherd Thelappilly CMI


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