“Nothing can bring us into close contact with the beauty of Christ himself other than the world of beauty created by faith and light that shines out from the faces of the saints, through whom his own light becomes visible.” Pope Benedict XVI
Today, the Church celebrates the Church Triumphant! We hear in the First Reading today, “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” (Revelation 7.9-10).
We celebrate those in white robes who have gone before us and lived out their lives for Christ. We are assured of their presence in heaven with the Father and the Church calls them saints. They are a multitude of holy men and women in which we cannot even begin to number – countless have shed their blood for Christ, countless have lived a chaste life as a witness of consecration to Christ, countless have spent their days in holy communion with Christ.
Many of them become our friends who cheer us on to heaven and who constantly pray for us at God’s throne so that we can be with them one day, praising God forever. So today, we look towards heaven, as we do at every Mass celebrating the lives of ALL THE SAINTS looking toward their example on how to be Christian and how to love Christ deeply.
In honor of all the Saints:
But how about us here on earth. Many of the people who surround our everyday lives may not be canonized in the Church, but they do live holy lives that reflect a deep love for Christ. Who are those living saints for you? They may be your parents who make silent sacrifices every day for your well being, they may be your teacher or professor who spent their days educating you for your well being, they may be your boss at work who upholds good values for the company in which you serve. They may simply be a friend who has stood by you throughout the storms in your life and helped you find Christ loving you in the midst of it all. These are the people who live out the Beatitudes and make God’s kingdom present in every day. Whoever they may be, pray for them and let’s give thanks to God for all the saints in heaven and those living saints right here in our midst whose lives are a beautiful song to God. O the nearness of God’s love – it’s a pretty awesome experience!