Sunday November 1, All Saints Day

Gospel of Matthew 5:1-12a

Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.

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.”

On the Mount, Jesus teaches us the way to live with the beatitudes. Today, this is how he lives in us. 

I am struck by the clarity of his teaching. He offers a master copy of a true formation process in the beatitudes; each onefollows on from the other, leading us deeper into the mystery of love. This teaching is solid.

Immediately following this Gospel I have often been struck by the image Jesus gives us after teaching the beatitudes while still sitting on the Mount. This is the image of a house built on rock (Matt 7:25). Thus, the beatitudes offer us a solid way to live and be a holy community. On All Saints day today, we remember many blessed who embraced the beatitudes as a foundational way of life. 

Mary Ward’s Institute is understood as totally dependent upon the wisdom and goodness of God… (Preamble in the Constitutions).  Mary Ward and her companions lived the beatitudes and intended the same for those who joined them.

“The true children of this company shall accustom themselves to act not out of fear but solely from love, because they are called by God to a vocation of love.” (Mary Ward)?