This is the first day of September, appropriately the Solemnity of All Saints. The readings of the Mass were extraordinarily beautiful:
(1) Reading 1 from Revelation 7.
A great multitude from every nation, race, people, and tongue 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." [We need salvation, yes, and God provides just that!]
One of the elders spoke up, "These wearing white robes 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 precious Blood of Jesus has made our robes snow white!]
(2) Reading 2 from 1 John 3.
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. Everyone who has this hope based on him makes himself pure, as he is pure. [Pure souls in all white robes!]
(3) Gospel reading from Matthew 5.
On the mountain the Lord taught the Beatitudes. [What beautiful teaching! Let's live these sayings and we'll be amply blessed.]
Last, the pastor reminded us that we are eternal! We don't just die and become nothing. Do we want to live afterward eternally with God or not? This is to be settled while there's still earthly life in us.
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