31st Tuesday of Ordinary Time

November 1, 2016


From the Word of the Day

I heard the number of those who had been marked with the seal, one hundred and forty-four thousand marked from every tribe of the Israelites: After this I had a vision of a great multitude, which no one could count, from every nation, race, people, and tongue. They stood before the throne and before the Lamb, wearing white robes and holding palm branches in their hands. They cried out in a loud voice:  “Salvation comes from our God, who is seated on the throne, and from the Lamb.”  All the angels stood around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. They prostrated themselves before the throne, worshiped God, and exclaimed:  “Amen. Blessing and glory, wisdom and thanksgiving, honor, power, and might be to our God forever and ever. Amen.”

Then one of the elders spoke up and said to me, “Who are these wearing white robes, and where did they come from?”  I said to him, “My lord, you are the one who knows.” He said to me, “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: 4, 9-13) 

 How should we live this Word    

For today’s solemnity of All Saints, the Liturgy presents us with a vision of Heaven taken from the Book of Revelation.  Here, through the use of mathematics, we are shown the universal breadth of the people of God called to holiness all through the story of salvation.  The color white deals with a vast assembly participating in an immense Liturgy and dressed in white robes, the color of God, of Resurrection, of Baptism.  Another element is the palm branches that are the classic sign of victory over death.  Finally there is the great tribulation of the Blood of the Lamb and the purity of the robes that is the fruit of participation in the passion of Jesus.

These colorful pen strokes introduce us into the great mystery of the feast of All Saints.

 The voice of the Liturgy

 Today, You give us the joy of contemplating the heavenly city, the holy Jerusalem that is our mother, where the festive assembly of our brothers and sisters glorify Your name for all eternity.  It is toward the same country that we, pilgrims on earth, hasten in hope, joyful for the glorious state of these elect members of the Church that You have given to us as friends and models of life.  For this gift of Your love, united to the immense host of angels and saints, we sing Your praise with joyful exultation.

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Istituto Maria Ausiliatrice, Via dell’Ateno Salesiano 81, 00139 Rome, Italy

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Comment by Fr. Fernando Bergamelli, SDB


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