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Dear brothers and sisters,

Dear brothers and sisters,

We Christians are called to be saints, to be holy.

Fr. Cielo

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    • Welcome to our Bible Study All Saints Day 1 November 2013 In preparation for this Sunday’s liturgy In aid of focusing our homilies and sharing Prepared by Fr. Cielo R. Almazan, OFM
    • First Reading: Rev 7:2-4, 9-14  2 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, 3 "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.“ 4 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 Israelites: 9 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. 10 They cried out in a loud voice: "Salvation comes from our God, who is seated on the throne, and from the Lamb.“ 11 All the angels stood around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. They prostrated themselves before the throne, worshiped God, 12 and exclaimed: "Amen. Blessing and glory, wisdom and thanksgiving, honor, power, and might be to our God forever and ever. Amen.“ 13 Then one of the elders spoke up and said to me, "Who are these wearing white robes, and where did they come from?“ 14 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.”
    • First Reading: Rev 7:2-4, 9-14  2 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, 3 "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.“ 4 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 Israelites: 9 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. 10 They cried out in a loud voice: "Salvation comes from our God, who is seated on the throne, and from the Lamb.“ 11 All the angels stood around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. They prostrated themselves before the throne, worshiped God, 12 and exclaimed: "Amen. Blessing and glory, wisdom and thanksgiving, honor, power, and might be to our God forever and ever. Amen.“ 13 Then one of the elders spoke up and said to me, "Who are these wearing white robes, and where did they come from?“ 14 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.” The focus is on the saints in heaven.
    • First Reading: Rev 7:2-4, 9-14 Vision of an angel  2 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, 3 "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.“ 4 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 Israelites: Vision of multitude  9 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. 10 They cried out in a loud voice: "Salvation comes from our God, who is seated on the throne, and from the Lamb.“ Vision of angels, elders and 4 living creatures  11 All the angels stood around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. They prostrated themselves before the throne, worshiped God, 12 and exclaimed: "Amen. Blessing and glory, wisdom and thanksgiving, honor, power, and might be to our God forever and ever. Amen.“ An elder  13 Then one of the elders spoke up and said to me, "Who are these wearing white robes, and where did they come from?“ 14 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.”
    • First Reading: Rev 7:2-4, 9-14 Vision of an angel Commentary   2 I, John, saw another angel come up The book of Revelation employs a from the East, holding the seal of the living symbolic language. God. He cried out in a loud voice to the  Here the author John sees visions. four angels who were given power to  In v.2, John sees another angel from damage the land and the sea, 3 "Do not where the sun rises (East). He just damage the land or the sea or the trees saw 4 angels in v.1. until we put the seal on the foreheads of  The seal is the mark of the signet the servants of our God.“ 4 I heard the ring of God, implying whoever is number of those who had been marked sealed belongs to God. They are with the seal, one hundred and forty-four protected by God against thousand marked from every tribe of the destruction. V.3 Israelites:  V.4 indicates the number protected: Vision of multitude 12 x 12 tribes x 1000 = 144,000.  9 After this I had a vision of a great multitude, which no one could count, from  V.9 relates John’s vision of the great multitude of people (more than every nation, race, people, and tongue. 144,000) from diverse origins. They stood before the throne and before  the Lamb, wearing white robes and They are distinguished as wearing holding palm branches in their hands. 10 white robes and holding palm They cried out in a loud voice: "Salvation branches. comes from our God, who is seated on the  In v.10, they acknowledge where throne, and from the Lamb.“ salvation comes (from God and from the Lamb)
    • First Reading: Rev 7:2-4, 9-14 Vision of angels, elders and 4 living creatures  11 All the angels stood around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. They prostrated themselves before the throne, worshiped God, 12 and exclaimed: "Amen. Blessing and glory, wisdom and thanksgiving, honor, power, and might be to our God forever and ever. Amen.“ An elder  13 Then one of the elders spoke up and said to me, "Who are these wearing white robes, and where did they come from?“ 14 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.”       In vv.11-12, all the angels too worship God giving glory to him. In v.13, an elder asks the author the identity of those wearing white robes. In v.14, the author recognizes the one asking, “My Lord.” The elder (Lord) answers his own question. They are survivors of great distress and they have washed their robes in the blood of the Lamb. They suffered from martyrdom, following the footsteps of Christ.
    • Reflections on the 1 reading st      The first reading describes what the saints in heaven are all about. They bear the seal of God (they belong to God). They wear white robes. Here on earth, they were the ones who persevered in their faith during the time of persecution for the sake of Christ. Saints are those who are willing to suffer for Christ.
    • Responsorial Ps 24:1bc-2, 3-4ab, 5-6  R. (see 6) Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face.  1 The LORD’s are the earth and its fullness; the world and those who dwell in it. 2 For he founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers.  3 Who can ascend the mountain of the LORD? or who may stand in his holy place? 4 One whose hands are sinless, whose heart is clean, who desires not what is vain.  5 He shall receive a blessing from the LORD, a reward from God his savior. 6 Such is the race that seeks him, that seeks the face of the God of Jacob.
    • Responsorial Ps 24:1bc-2, 3-4ab, 5-6    Commentary  The response describes  the predicament of the  1 The LORD’s are the earth and its  saints: those who long to  fullness; the world and those who dwell in it. see God’s face. 2 For he founded it upon the seas  Vv.1-2 recognizes God as  and established it upon the rivers. the owner of everything. 3 Who can ascend the mountain of   V.3 asks the questions  the LORD? who are worthy to face  or who may stand in his holy place? God. 4 One whose hands are sinless,   V.4 is the answer: whose heart is clean, R. (see 6)  Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face. who desires not what is vain.  5 He shall receive a blessing from  the LORD, a reward from God his savior. 6 Such is the race that seeks him, that seeks the face of the God of  Jacob.    He who has sinless hands. He who does not desire  useless things. Vv.5-6 reiterate the  reward of the holy man /  woman.
    • Reflections on the Psalm      The psalm tells what the saints are. If they are still here on earth, they long to see  the face of God. In heaven, they see God face to face. Here on earth, the saints are not contaminated  by sin. They know their priorities. They do not set their  hearts on what is vain (trivial and useless).
    • Second Reading: 1 Jn 3:1-3  1 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.  2 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. 3 Everyone who has this hope  based on him makes himself pure, as he is pure.
    • Second Reading: 1 Jn 3:1-3  1 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.  2 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. 3 Everyone who has this hope  based on him makes himself pure, as he is pure. The focus is on being like God.
    • Second Reading: 1 Jn 3:1-3  1 See what love the Father  Commentary has bestowed on us that we   V.1 makes us appreciate the Father’s  may be called the children  love. of God. Yet so we are. The   It makes us his children. reason the world does not   God’s children are not recognized by  know us is that it did not  the world, but first of all, the world does  know him.  2 Beloved, we  not recognize God. are God's children now;   V.2 recognizes that we Christians are  what we shall be has not yet  God’s children. been revealed. We do know   We have a different future. that when it is revealed we   We will be like God. We will see him as  shall be like him, for we  he is. shall see him as he is. 3   V.3 states that those who have this  Everyone who has this hope  hope will be made pure, like God. based on him makes  himself pure, as he is pure.
    • Reflections on the second reading     The second reading tells what a saint is all  about. It is by God’s love that we become saints (his  children). The saints have a great future. They will be like God and will see God as he is.
    • Gospel Reading: Mt 5:1-12a            1 When he saw the crowds, he went up the mountain, and after he  had sat down, his disciples came to him.  2 He began to teach them,  saying: 3 "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted. 5 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land. 6 Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they  will be satisfied. 7 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. 8 Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God. 9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of  God. 10 Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of  righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter  every kind of evil against you (falsely) because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.
    • Gospel Reading: Mt 5:1-12a            1 When he saw the crowds, he went up the mountain, and after he  had sat down, his disciples came to him.  2 He began to teach them,  saying: 3 "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted. 5 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land. 6 Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they  will be satisfied. 7 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. 8 Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God. 9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of  God. 10 Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of  righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter  every kind of evil against you (falsely) because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven. The focus is on being blessed.
    • Gospel Reading: Mt 5:1-12a      1 When he saw the crowds, he went up the mountain, and after he had sat down, his disciples came to him. 2 He began to teach them, saying: 3 "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted. 5 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land. 6 Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied. Commentary  The gospel is about the beatitudes.  The other word for blessed is happy or fortunate…  In vv.1-2, Jesus sits down before he teaches.  He follows the custom of the rabbis when they teach.  The poor in spirit are those who recognize their powerlessness and they put their trust in God to rescue them. V.3  They who mourn are those who are sad because of the evil deeds of men. V.4  The meek are those who don’t parade their ego and authority to get things done. They are submissive to God. V.5  They who hunger and thirst.. are those who fight for justice and right living. V.6
    • Gospel Reading: Mt 5:1-12a       7 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. 8 Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God. 9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. 10 Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you (falsely) because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.       Merciful are those who show pity and compassion to erring brothers and sisters, to the poor, to the neglected. V.7 Clean of heart are those whose motive is to accomplish God’s work, not to preach themselves. V.8 Peacemakers are those who broker peace among those in conflict. V.9 Persecuted for righteousness’ sake are those who work hard for godly behavior but are taunted. V.10 Insulted and persecuted because of Jesus are those who are known to be close to Jesus. V.11 V.12 is an exhortation to the blessed ones.
    • Reflections on the gospel reading       The beatitudes are the checklist on how to become saints (holy). Each Christian disciple must possess all the beatitudes, not just one or two. We must constantly examine ourselves if we are really following Christ, through the beatitudes. We know for sure if we are living according to the beatitudes, if we feel joy in the heart. Precisely, to be “blessed” is to be happy and fortunate. The opposite of blessed is cursed, malas, unfortunate, pitiful, and miserable. (No joy)
    • Tying the 3 readings and the Psalm     The first reading describes how people become saints. Their robes are washed white by the blood of the Lamb. The psalm describes what saints are: they are sinless. Their attention is on spiritual things, not on material things. The second reading tells us the destiny of being children of God, to be considered saints. The gospel tells us who are blessed (saints).
    • How to develop your homily / sharing       You may tell something about your favorite saint. How did he/she become a saint? What do you like about him/her? Today is All Saints’ Day. This is the day of many saints, not just one saint. This feast tells us that it is possible for us to become saints, because many have become saints. It invites us to become saints.
    •     We may be uncomfortable with this kind of talk (becoming saints, when we see ourselves more as sinners). We may have another expression which may be more acceptable to us but will challenge us just the same. We talk about holiness. A Vatican II document (Lumen Gentium) tells us that we are all called to holiness.
    •   God calls everyone to be holy, not only the priests, nuns and religious, but also the laity, in all walks of life. The Vatican Document simply defines holiness as   Fullness of Christian life (knowing Christ in the gospels, and living like Christ) Perfection of charity (love is expressed to everyone, to loved ones and to those who are not so close to us)
    •     To learn how to be holy, we must make Jesus Christ our model. We should not have any “idol” but Jesus Christ. There is no other way to know Jesus than through the gospels and the liturgy. Personal and communal reflections on the Word of God are prerequisites to know Jesus more and to be identified with him.
    •     To be holy, we get our guidance from our shepherds in the Church. They are supposed to guide us in the practice of our faith in our socio-economic and political contexts. Saints are not made in a vacuum. Holiness is tested in our concrete situations which demand heroic acts, like total self-giving or self-sacrifice for the sake of Christ.
    •  Today, we need modern saints.       Those who resist graft and corruption in the name of Christ. Those who shed their blood defending the environment from wanton destruction. Those who promote good political and economic order. Those who protect human rights. Those who risk their lives to save / help others in their needs. Their love for Christ and their brethren is their sole motive in doing all these.
    •    The eucharist is the food of the saints. There is no canonized saint that has refused to receive the sacrament. The eucharist helps us become holy and saints.
    • Our Context          Evildoers Plotters Persecutors Rash judgments Criminal activities Evil structures Evil motives Greed False values      The saints in the hagiography The living saints The living Mother Teresas Prayerful priests, nuns and lay Selfless Love
    • Suggested Songs    Beatitudes, by the Dameans Mapapalad, by Ramirez, SJ Mapapalad, by Fr. Jerry Bitoon