LISTEN: Reflection for the Solemnity of All Saints – Years ABC

Today we remember All the Saints. In our first reading from the Book of Revelation, we see a scene of the ‘multitude of saints’ worshipping in heaven, reminiscent of the Sanctus that we sing during the Mass. In our second reading from the first letter of St John we hear how we are already children of God but during our lives we are called to grow and become more like God, to be more holy, just as the Saints before us were. In this homily we reflect on this call to holiness and see the practical advice that Jesus offers us in todays Gospel, in the form of the beatitudes, to do so. The importance of humility and gratitude in relation to God is suggested to be the first step on the path to holiness that we must all make if we are to live out our universal vocation to be holy, to be one with the Saints with God.

Join Fr Matthew Charlesworth SJ as he reflects on the Scriptures for the Solemnity of All Saints….

Read the texts in your Bible or hover your mouse over the references below to see the texts.

Revelation 7:2–4, 9–14; Psalm 24:1b–4b, 5–6; 1 John 3:1–3Matthew 5:1–12a

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Fr Matthew Charlesworth SJ

Fr Matthew Charlesworth SJ entered the Society of Jesus in 2005 and underwent the usual course of studies in his formation, which took him to such varied places as Canada, France, Ireland, Kenya, Spain, Tanzania, the United Kingdom, the United States, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and South Africa. Matthew manages the background technical aspects of much of the Institute's work and is involved in the Spirituality work whilst completing the Advanced Spiritual Directors Training Course and Spiritual Exercises Training run by the Institute. He is also a part-time lecturer in Sacred Scripture at St Augustine College of South Africa. @mcharlesworth
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