May the Peace of the Lord be with you all.
“Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.” This short verse is at the end of today’s Gospel on All Saints Day. This verse follows the beatitudes (Blessed are the poor in spirit….). This certainly points us toward the bigger picture of our lives as the Lord proclaims what is most important to us here and now. Basically, by conforming our lives to His Way, His Truth, and His Life, we will rejoice with Him in Heaven for eternity. Another way to look at this in reference to the Feast we celebrate today, All Saints Day, is a reality check that we are all called to be saints in this life. Those the church names as saints are witnesses to us in order to align ourselves, our lives, with the call to holiness we all are given. Truly we should rejoice and be glad!
Currently, we still operate with great restrictions on our worship and praise to God. Because of this we cannot do much to celebrate All Souls Day on November 2nd. I hope next year we can make All Soul’s Day into a very special day and celebrate with a special Mass. Praying for our dead family and friends is something we should take special care of celebrating with great passion and vigor. So, stay tuned for next All Souls Day here at St. Mary’s.
Speaking of prayer, I want to encourage all to pray a little extra this week for the elections and the future of our county. We all see the severe challenges our country, and in fact our world, are facing at this point in time. Perhaps we can all commit to praying the rosary this week. Maybe you are not in the habit or maybe do not know how to pray the rosary. This would be a great time to pick it up again and turn to our Blessed Mother Mary for her protection and intercession.
The last thing I would like to mention today regards offertory and our role as stewards of all the gifts we possess. Our gifts are given and they are precious tools we need to carefully dispense for the needs we face. One of those needs is the parish itself. Soon we will send out information about our Annual Appeal. I ask you to take this seriously and consider giving. For our parish this Annual Appeal is always a significant part of our annual budget. This year in particular we need everyone to participate and give according to their means. We have done much cost cutting since this pandemic began. However, we will incur a significant financial deficit if our annual appeal falls short. Please pray about participating in this upcoming Annual Appeal. “Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.”
Peace to you and Happy All Saints Day.