Thursday, November 1, 2012

Gospel Reflection

November 01, 2012
Thursday – Year of Faith
Solemnity of All Saints
by Rev.  Fr. Nilo Mangussad (Rector Our Lady of Peace Quasi-Parish)
Lunch Mass at EDSA Shrine/Shire of Mary, Queen of Peace/Our Lady of Peace Quasi-Parish

Reading 1 Rv 7:2-4, 9-14

I, John, saw another angel come up from the East, holding the seal of the living God. He cried out in a loud voice to the four angels who were given power to damage the land and the sea, "Do not damage the land or the sea or the trees until we put the seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God." I heard the number of those who had been marked with the seal, one hundred and forty-four thousand marked from every tribe of the children of Israel. After this I had a vision of a great multitude, which no one could count, from every nation, race, people, and tongue. They stood before the throne and before the Lamb, wearing white robes and holding palm branches in their hands. They cried out in a loud voice: "Salvation comes from our God, who is seated on the throne, and from the Lamb."

All the angels stood around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. They prostrated themselves before the throne, worshiped God, and exclaimed: "Amen. Blessing and glory, wisdom and thanksgiving, honor, power, and might be to our God forever and ever. Amen." Then one of the elders spoke up and said to me, "Who are these wearing white robes, and where did they come from?" I said to him, "My lord, you are the one who knows." He said to me, "These are the ones who have survived the time of great distress; they have washed their robes and made them white in the Blood of the Lamb."

Responsorial Psalm Ps 24:1bc-2, 3-4ab, 5-6

R. (see 6) Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face.
The LORD's are the earth and its fullness;
the world and those who dwell in it.
For he founded it upon the seas
and established it upon the rivers.
R. Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face.
Who can ascend the mountain of the LORD?
or who may stand in his holy place?
One whose hands are sinless, whose heart is clean,
who desires not what is vain.
R. Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face.
He shall receive a blessing from the LORD,
a reward from God his savior.
Such is the race that seeks him,
that seeks the face of the God of Jacob.
R. Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face.

Reading 2 1 Jn 3:1-3

Beloved: See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we may be called the children of God. Yet so we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God's children now; what we shall be has not yet been revealed. We do know that when it is revealed we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. Everyone who has this hope based on him makes himself pure, as he is pure.

Gospel Mt 5:1-12a

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 the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the land.
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the clean of heart,
for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,
for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you
and utter every kind of evil against you falsely because of me.
Rejoice and be glad,
for your reward will be great in heaven."


Maria tried to live like a mute by not speaking for seven days. One time, somebody behind her back said, "Look at that dummy." And then another just suddenly 'hit her accidentally', probably, and she was almost down the ground but nobody bothered to help her up. She told herself, "If you cannot speak, you are powerless, and they will not even try to help you."

This is the plight of the poor in spirit. Before, when you say 'poor in spirit', we are talking about material goods. But now, the 'poor in spirit' are poor, not only materially, but poor in terms of lifestyle.

Who are the poor in spirit? Those who are marginalized, those who do not have enough. Those who are hungry, those who are uneducated. Those who do not have houses. Those who do not have enough friends. Those who are frustrated. Those who are always not in peace with other people. Those who are in prison because they were accused falsely. We can enumerate more of them but what is unfortunate is - are we lifting a finger to make their lives better in this world?

If not, then it is useless to be coming to church even every day because we're not putting to life what we have faith in. Jesus is reminding us in the Gospel about the importance of taking a step further to help other people. Blessed are we who suffer because we are potential saints. There is no better way to remember these poor people than during the celebration of All Saints' Day. The poor ones are potential saints, because the saints are the ones who are also mocked and persecuted. Blessed are we who suffer, because we can be saints in the eyes of God.

Better yet, if we can learn to help these poor in spirit, we could be practically and potentially helping possible saints. Is it not good that we, through the help of Christ's love, share this love to others? It is time to check ourselves. We celebrate All Saints' Day. We remember our faithful departed. But are we doing something to those who are still living, who are suffering? Through us, do they see our Lord Jesus Christ?

All the Angels and Saints – Pray for us

You may also want to see: A Holy Life - All Saints Day Memorial

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