Solemnity of All Saints
November 1, 2017
God’s Vision: Blessed are the pure of heart,
for they will see God.
As we celebrate the feast of all saints let us ponder on their life and examples while they lived on this Earth. The Gospel talks about the Beatitudes which is the Centre of the Jesus teachings. In Beatitudes the possession of the Kingdom of God Completes on this Earth and heaven.
Man lost his holiness to see God face to face, when he disobeyed not only once but repeatedly, despite of God’s repeated Covenants and miracles and call to come back to him in holiness. By Holiness we can see God as he is, this stage is called Heaven. To achieve Holiness, one must be pure in heart, mind and Body. Most of the Saints on this Earth lived a life of holiness and saw Jesus face to face. God is holy and if we have to see God or Communicate with him we must be holy. God called Israelites through Abraham to be holy and pure in heart so that they may see God face to face but Israelites from the time of Abraham till the time Jesus saw God in the fear of Law and traditions. This form of traditions and Law nullified the Law and God’s Spirit was absent in the Law. Now Jesus himself who is God comes upon this Earth in a human form and gives a new interpretation to the Law and Commandments. The Beatitudes echoes the ten Commandments of the Old Covenant. Jesus removes the fear of God from the mind of People and interacts humans in a human way and invites them for a divine encounter. Many People saw God’s face in him and made him their Lord and Master. Jesus formed the Church with the gift of his Spirit and drew people towards him in Divine love.
The Saints are the people who experienced the love of God and Worshiped him in his Spirit. God is love and truth, so we must worship God in Spirit of God’s love and truth. Every Beatitude reveals the face of God on this Earth. God’s Vision for Man is: To be Pure in Heart so that they may see him as he is and Worship him. This encounter with God brings many revelations of the Kingdom of God while we are on Earth because we have seen him face to face. All the people Who have seen the face of God in Holiness are called Saints on this Earth.
Many saints saw the face of God in many ways. Some saints saw him in Prayer and some in Praise & Worship. Some saw him among the poor and sick, but some saw him in living a dedicated life of Chastity and poverty. Some saw him in the Word of God, reflections & revelations. Apostles saw him in Physical & divine body. Mother Mary saw him as her own Son. We can see him in our own vocations, professions, families, friends but in everything we must do the will of him alone in prayer and power of his grace and mercy. To do his will is to live the beatitudes in this World and become his children.A