Solemnity of All Saints, November 1, 2020
REV 7:2-4, 9-14 JN 3:13, MT 5:1-12
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…”
Vatican II Church Fathers Very Clear
- All baptized believers and disciples of Jesus are called to holiness
- Holiness not just for ordained and religious
- Early Church mostly canonized priests, bishops, popes and religious brothers
- What about raising up more saints who are married wives, husbands or couples?
Explaining Sanctity to Children
- The example of the stained-glass windows in church
- At night they are not beautiful. What makes them beautiful
- Hands raised, “It’s the light.”
Thinking of Holiness
- It’s the Lord’s love shining through us
- Causes us to be super-alive
- Beaming with the Lord’s joy
- Doing very ordinary things extraordinarily well
- Real-not syrupy
We Need the Lord
- We have a tendency toward selfishness
- All saints struggled with selfishness at one time or another
Our Youngest Saint-Carlo Acutis
- Recently beatified in Italy on October 10th
- Normal kid-loved computers and video games
- Also loved the poor…bought homeless sleeping bags and hot drinks
- Wanted less for himself-more for others
- His love was extraordinary for the marginalized
Carlo Died of Leukemia at 15
- Buried in sneakers and hoodie
- He was ordinary yet the light of Jesus’ love shone brightly through him
- Pope Francis said Carlo and St. Francis both had a great love for the Eucharist and for the poor
An Afternoon on a Hillside by the Sea of Galilee
- We are given the recipe for happiness
- If I live these attitudes, I will be happy
- Beatitudes may have had a special meaning to Blessed Carlo
Watch out for the Saints in your Neighborhood!
Questions for Reflection
- What impacted you from today’s Gospel and/or homily?
- What one Beatitude do you organize your life around?
- What one or two Beatitudes are a special challenge for you?
Pray about a specific Beatitude which might be troublesome to you. Make a simple action plan to better live that Beatitude.