Word for the Weekend: NOVEMBER 1

Communion of Saints by Ira Thomas. (Click for larger view)

This year All Saints Day falls on a Sunday and this solemnity trumps a Sunday in Ordinary Time.

You will find the scriptures for the day and background material on them here and if you're shepherding children to Mass this weekend, you'll find hints here for helping young ones prepare to hear the Word of the Lord.

The first scripture from the Book of Revelation offers us one of John's visions: the 144,000 who had washed their robes clean in the blood of the Lamb of God.  This text is as magnificent as it is mystical - a wonderful challenge for our lectors this weekend!

The gospel from Matthew is another vision of those who are saved, those who are blessed: the poor in spirit, those who mourn, the meek, those who hunger for righteousness,  the merciful, the clean of heart, the peacemakers and the persecuted.

The second lesson of the day, from John's first letter, names us as the very children of God - and calls us to the purity such a title demands of us.


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