Feast of All Saints
Jesus gives us a clear account of what people in heaven are like. Today's sermon on the Beatitudes provides a road map for all of us who want to be saints. You don't have to have a religious vocation or save the world to get there. You simply have to follow the Beatitudes.
One more thing: I often say that if I'm being kind to my kids, I'm living the gospel. Today's reading brings home the simplicity of that statement. I don't have to end world hunger, I just have to lovingly feed a hungry child. I don't have to bring peace to the Middle East, I just have to promote peace in my own home. I don't have to be a martyr, but I have to bear the criticism that comes from others concerning how I raise my family, with grace.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, it sounds so easy to get to heaven, but each day I fail to follow your commands as I ought. Please forgive me when I fail, and give me the grace to live the Beatitudes within my own family so that one day we all may be saints in heaven with you. In your name I pray, Amen.