All You Holy Men and Women, Pray for Us

Today we celebrate all of the saints—those whose names we know and those whose names we don’t.  The saints are those people who have reached heaven. As today’s first reading says:

“These are the ones who have survived the time of great distress;
they have washed their robes
and made them white in the Blood of the Lamb.”

-Revelation 7:14

Today we are especially reminded that we are all called to sainthood, and it’s a call that we should be striving to live out every moment of every day.  How?  Well, today’s gospel reading from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount gives us a sort of battle plan.  And of course, we are encouraged by the examples and the prayers of the holy men and women who have gone before us.

I encourage you today to get a group of people you know together—maybe your family or some friends—and to pray together a litany of the saints.  Each time we gather together as Christians to celebrate the liturgy, the saints are there offering with us prayers to God on our behalf.  Let’s take some time today to acknowledge them and to ask them to bring our prayers before the throne of God.

(Don’t forget to get to go to mass today! It’s a Holy Day of Obligation)