Homily : Solemnity of All Saints by Fr. Ata Mensah 

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Homily : Solemnity of All Saints by Fr. Ata Mensah

First Reading: Rev 7:2-4.9-14
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 23
Second Reading: 1John 3:1-3
Gospel Reading: Matthew 5:1-12

Homily

Theme: Soaked in the blood

Introduction:

Today the mother church celebrates countless men and women who have been granted the privilege to experience the beatific vision. Today is all saints’ day, a day to celebrate God’s gratuitous gift to humanity in sharing His divinity. Today the heavens and the earth unite in one accord to sing the praises of the Lamb who was slain and by whose death has won for us eternity.

Explanation of the Text

All baptized Christians who have died and are now with God in glory are considered saints. All Saints Day is intended to honor the memory of countless unknown and uncanonized saints who have no feast days. Today we thank God for giving ordinary men and women a share in His holiness and Heavenly glory as a reward for their Faith.

Our first reading taking from the book of revelation recounts that these men and women were those who have washed their robes white in the blood of the Lamb.

The puzzle here is how can one wash in a blood and still have a white robe? This is to tell us the sacrifices that these men and women had to make while they were on this Earth. They were like us, struggled with sin, doubt, fear and confusion but their endurance and perseverance has won them this great feat. They lived the beatitudes which Jesus in our Gospel reading of today admonished His followers.

They didn’t look at what was happening around them while they were on Earth. They fixed their minds on the things above and worked hard to get the prize because they knew that heaven is indeed the ultimate prize. This is exactly what our second reading also admonishes to do.

Dearly beloved this feast is observed to teach us to honor the saints, both by imitating their lives and by seeking their intercession for us before Christ, the only mediator between God and man (I Tm 2:5). The Church reminds us today that God’s call for holiness is universal, that all of us are called to live in His love and to make His love real in the lives of those around us.

My dear people of God the saints encourage us in our own struggles because like us they also endured struggles, they grew from strength to strength, they matured in the Lord as they grew in years.

Remember to be a saint is not a privilege for the few but the vocation for everyone- Pope Francis. “Be Perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect”( Mtt 5:48)

 

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