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All Saints Day
Sunday 1st November 2020


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Reflection

Reflection is an essential element of our growth in Christ. As we reflect over what we have learnt and ponder it in our hearts, we come to recognise the presence of God in our lives.

This Sunday's Reflection

The Beatitudes tend to awe, and even intimidate us. How are we to be poor in spirit and gentle? How to mourn so that we are comforted or to hunger and thirst for righteousness, or be merciful, pure in heart, peacemakers or prepared to accept persecution in the cause of right? The Beatitudes are often read as injunctions to raise the standard of our lives and, when that is done, we can feel overwhelmed the bar has been raised so high. It goes even higher when one considers the meaning of the opening word to each injunction, ¬makarioi. This is commonly translated as happy or blessed while including the notions of holy, consecrated, sacred to God. How can we possibly be expected to live and act in such realms? We don’t, but we do need to look at the Beatitudes from a different way: not from our angle but from how God looks at reality. The past week has been a difficult and mixed week for me. I had times of feeling poor in spirit and mourned some difficult relationships. There were times when my gentleness was tested when I was bullied. I hungered for what was right. I was called on to be merciful and to be pure in heart when tempted to dissimulate. Often I was challenged to see the big picture, God’s way, constantly. All these situations within family and work. In other words, in a life not too different to yours or virtually everyone I know. What I came to realise was that in each of these situations that tested my frailty and weakness or that tempted me to sin, God was present blessing, consecrating, making holy….and calling me to true happiness. This is where God calls us to join that great company of saints. Not in another life remote from our own. Here and now in the nitty, gritty of our own lives, we are called ‘blessed’.

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