(Solemnity of All Saints)
“Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God.” Mt 5:1-12a
As Christians, IF there is one Particular Goal, one Primary Goal, one Ultimate Goal
in our lives, it is to find ourselves “face to face” with Almighty God in heaven.
Now, for some of us, me especially, that might be a pretty formidable, pretty scary destination, because we know that we are not quite that perfect, and we still fear
that “Judgment of God,” that we hear so much about in the Bible.
And yet, if we had to be that “perfectly perfect” in order to see God, you might think that nobody would ever see God at all, save for Jesus of course, because nobody, not even the Saints were that perfect. And if it were that impossible to reach this Christian Goal of “seeing God,” then maybe it’s not even worth striving for.
And yet, all three of our Scripture readings today,
and the Psalm, spoke about “Seeing God.“
John spoke in the Book of Revelation about an uncountably huge multitude of people,
who “stood before the throne of God and Jesus, the Lamb.” Rv 7:2-4, 9-14
The Psalmist speaks of someone whose “heart is clean,” “who seeks the Face of the God
of Jacob.” PS 24
And John wrote to his early Christian community that when their primary Hope is “Seeing God,” then it will become their Life desire as well, to truly become a person who’s “heart is clean.” 1 Jn 3:1-3
And finally, Jesus clearly describes to us, in Matthew’s Gospel (Mt 5:1-12a), just how we can develop this “clean heart.” With the help of the Holy Spirit, we become able to endure Poverty and Sorrow, without the jealousy or anger that usually accompany those misfortunes.
We learn how to endure the “back seat” or the “end of the line,” the funny looks and the insults, because we don’t follow the crowd, but instead “hunger and thirst” for that “clean heart” that John and the Psalmist spoke so highly about.
And in the process, we show our “persecutors” Mercy and not hatred, just as Jesus did. And as we grow in our Faith and Wisdom, through Jesus and the Holy Spirit living within us, we come to Matthew’s Beatitudes again, only to discover that Jesus Himself Validated our Ultimate Goal, by telling us, in the 6th Beatitude, that “Blessed are the clean of heart, for they SHALL see God!”
You see, brothers and sisters in Christ, God loves us so incredibly much, that not only
does He accept the Saints at the foot of His throne, but He offers a place among them
for each and every one of us.
Did you ever know a Saint in your life, beloved?
Maybe it was your mom or dad, or aunt or grandparent?
Today we honor them, along with all the formally canonized Saints. And we ask them to strengthen us, so that one day, we too will shine with the radiant glory of the Saints as we come face to face with God, with our robes and our hearts washed White in the Blood of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
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