All Saints Day

Scripture: All Saints Day - November 1, 2015
Mt. 5:1-12A
AllWhen 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."

Through the Beatitudes, Jesus is telling us that nobody will be forgotten. If we live lives full of peace, love, and mercy then we will be with our God in Heaven, no matter how society may rank us. On All Saint's Day, we celebrate the lives of those individuals who lived the way that Jesus wanted, instead of the way everybody else wanted them to live. St. Mary the Slave truly lived out the Beatitudes because she suffered unspeakable tortures due to her faith, and she still lived a life full of love and forgiveness. Yet Jesus is not just talking to those who are religious; he is speaking to every person who is suffering or lonely. The message here is that you are never alone and your suffering will not go unnoticed and has purpose.  Jesus will always be by your side, your suffering united to His suffering has benefits, and one day you will have your reward in Heaven.  By Two Molloy Freshman - Katelin McPhillips and Carly Spadafora

Saint of the Day: St. Mary the Slave
Martyr and slave of a Roman patrician named Tertullus. Delivered to the local prefect on charges of being a Christian, despite Tertullus' effort to save her, Mary suffered unspeakable tortures. Spectators demanded her release, and the prefect turned her over to the custody of a soldier. He aided her escape. She died a natural death but is venerated as a martyr because of the intensity of her sufferings.

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Sermon on the Mount, Thomas Ingmire, Copyright 2002, The Saint John's Bible, Saint John's University, Collegeville, Minnesota USA. Used by permission.  All rights reserved.

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