There’s Life After Death

November 1, 2016
Solemnity of All Saints
The Gospel Today
Matthew 5:1-12A

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.”

REFLECTION (Sem. Keith R. Buenaventura)

Does our celebration today of the Solemnity of All Saints have any importance to the Saints? Why do we allot a day for the Saints if after all, they are already given honor in the heavens by no less than God? Our devotion to any Saint does not add anything to the honor they have already received from God. Our devotion to them is a source of example for us still living here on earth. We ask for their prayers so that one day we could also join them as blessed in the Kingdom of God.

We are waited by the Saints in heaven. We also want to be in heaven someday. But we are afraid to die. We believe that there is life after death, but we do not think about our life before death. By the examples of the Saints who have gone before us, our life today is an invitation for us to do good things for the sake of our souls.
In the seminary, I am asked to have significant doses of dying. I am asked to die, in the sense of choosing to detach from worldly things and aspirations in order to be purified in my intention to follow Christ as a priest in the future. Blessed are those who follow Christ amidst the many temptations and sufferings in life. When we believe that there is life waiting for us after death, we need to start living that blessed life here on earth.

Every time we celebrate All Saints’ Day, may we see Christ in our life like the Saints have experienced when they were still living. To be blessed is to be happy. A great reward awaits those who happily serve the Lord and their neighbor all the days of their life.

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