Lectionary Reflections: Solemnity of All Saints [b] November 1, 2015

Engaging Faith | Mon, Oct 26, 2015

By John Bucki, SJ
Source: Center of Concern

Solemnity of All Saints [b]

November 1, 2015



Revelations 7:2-4, 9-14

1 John 3:1-3

Matthew 5:1-12a



October 31: Halloween

November 1: All Saints Day

November 1: Daylight Savings Time ends in most places in the United States

November 2: All Souls Day

November 2: International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists

November 3: local Election Day in the United States

November 6: International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict



Let us go forward in hope!

-John Paul II, Novo Millennio Ineunte, 58

All it takes is one good person to restore hope!

-Pope Francis, Laudato Sí, 71

A spirituality of communion means, finally, to know how to "make room" for our brothers and sisters, bearing "each other's burdens" (Gal 6:2) and resisting the selfish temptations which constantly beset us and provoke competition, careerism, distrust and jealousy.

-John Paul II, Novo Millennio Ineunte, 43

Now is the time for a new "creativity" in charity, not only by ensuring that help is effective but also by "getting close" to those who suffer, so that the hand that helps is seen not as a humiliating handout but as a sharing between brothers and sisters. We must therefore ensure that in every Christian community the poor feel at home.

-John Paul II, Novo Millennio Ineunte, 50

Love — caritas — is an extraordinary force which leads people to opt for courageous and generous engagement in the field of justice and peace.

-Pope Benedict XVI, Caritas in Veritate, 1

The principle of the common good immediately becomes, logically and inevitably, a summons to solidarity and a preferential option for the poorest of our brothers and sisters.

-Pope Francis, Laudato Sí, 158


Thoughts for Your Consideration

In Revelations 7:9 we read: “I had a vision of a great multitude, which no one could count, from every nation, race, people, and tongue.” God’s vision, God’s desire for holiness among people, is to include all people, the whole world. This vision certainly challenges all the contemporary ideologies that exclude people of certain ethnic groups or nationalities or races or religions. Holiness and salvation is inclusive.

The values of Jesus – the values of the saints -- contrast markedly with the values that we see play out in parts of our contemporary culture where greed, prestige, power, security, wealth, status and the like are often assumed to be signs of success and happiness. The gospel message is clearly “counter-cultural.”

Each of the Beatitudes may remind us of some aspect of Catholic Social Teaching:

  • Our preferential option for the poor
  • Our Concern for anyone who is suffering, espeically from injustice
  • The profound dignity of every person irrespective of wealth or power
  • Our hunger for justice in the world and in its institutions and structures
  • Our concern for both justice and mercy in our criminal justice system
  • Our profound resepct for life in all its forms
  • Our care for the earth (our common home) as a gift from God to be shared by all
  • Our passion for nonviolence and peace
  • Our willingness to face opposition and to live by values different from those of our culture.

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