November 1, 2020
Fr. John Mary’s homily on All Saints Day, Sunday, November 1, 2020. Fr. discusses the difficult journey in this life and the confusion, frustration and sometimes despair many people experience. The Saints are there to help and encourage us since they also climbed the same difficult path to reach the Kingdom of God.
- Life’s struggles can resemble a large mountain, sometimes shrouded in a fog and a mystery to us.
- We can feel discouraged, lonely and frustrate. But when we see the fog lift, we can see the beautiful, strong souls who have witnessed our struggles.
- The Holy Spirit is with us and inside of us to help us trust in Him.
- The fog was necessary for us not to figure out the path for ourselves, but to be guided by the Holy Spirit.
- In Revelation when the fog was opened for St. John, he saw what is waiting for us.
- During the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, great multitudes of Saints along with our Blessed Virgin Mother are present to encourage and help us as we continue through difficult times.
Father John Mary compares a story about the difficulty of life to climbing a mountain and not being able to see the top. At one point while climbing, the fog is lifted for a moment, allowing the people who have reached the final summit to be seen and heard and allows encouragement and faith to continue. This story relates to our struggles and how the Saints who lived before, help lead us to seek guidance from the Holy Spirit and help us reach eternal happiness.
In the book of Revelations, John was given to see what is awaiting us as he talks about seeing great multitudes clothed in white robes. These are the ones that survived the times of great tribulations and “…they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb”.