November 1, 2015 – FEAST OF ALL SAINTS (31st Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Revelation 7:2-4,9-14; 1 John 3:1-3; Matthew 5:1-12
Fr Fernando Torres, CMF
Jesus was a surprising man for those who knew him because of his lifestyle and his behavior, his way of talking. Those who accompanied him through the roads of Judea and Galilee perhaps did not always understand his words, and today’s gospel was among those words that the disciples didn’t quite understand.
What those who were with Jesus were certain about was that he understood his society perfectly. How could he then say that the poorest people, those who were hungry, the sick, the homeless, prisoners, were the blessed, and that the reign of God was theirs? Perhaps those who were listening to these words of Jesus did not understand. But in sharing life with Jesus they began to understand the meaning of tile Beatitudes.
They probably understood that when he talked, Jesus was not referring to the manner in which people love God but rather to how God loves people. God loves all without any exception. As in a family, the first ones to experience that love are the ones who are helpless, the weakest. These are the first in God’s eyes.
The disciples might have understood this better when they saw Jesus get near people who were sick and speak to them affectionately, even if they were lepers rejected by society at large. They understood all this better when they saw Jesus give up his own life for tile life of the world. They realized the greatness of God’s love for us.
Today we celebrate the love of God that restores us to full human dignity, makes us free and responsible, and enables us to love. We celebrate that we are loved and that, therefore, we are new creatures. We are saints.
-How many times do we turn to God to give thanks for God ‘s love and daily gifts?
-Can we see in the faces of those around us a reflection of God’s love?
-How do we respond to the love God has for us?