November 7.  33rd Sunday and All Saints.   Fr Peter began, “Who really understands the communion of saints and especially the fact that with Christ at our head it refers to us here on earth and those who are still being purified from their sins in purgatory and thirdly those with God in eternal happiness?   Isn’t that kind of special he asked the youth.  He continued, “to be a saint one has to do certain things, ‘continue to love one another and join in praising the Most Holy Trinity.’   Those who died in the love of God, or for God like the martyrs did, are especially honoured.  Do you know of any martyrs of our time?” he asked them. “I know. Benedict Daswa, is our own South African martyr, and he was just an ordinary family man.”  “There have also been very many people killed for their faith in places around the world recently. Some were specifically challenged about it, but also in places like parts of Nigeria, and as happened in Sri-Lanka a few years ago, Catholic churches are being attacked and people are killed.  That is very frightening.”

“My dear people, we are already the children of God but what we are to be in the future has not yet been revealed; all we know is that when it is revealed we shall be like him because we shall see him as he really is.  1 John 3:2   Pope Francis:  The book of Revelation portrays the martyrs interceding for those who suffer injustice on earth, in solidarity with this world and its history.  AL 257     The New Testament not only tells us of the earthly Jesus and his loving relationship with the world. It also shows him risen and glorious, present throughout creation by his universal lordship.  We direct our gaze to the end of time when the Son will deliver all things to the Father so that God may be everything to everyone. LS100. Reflect, share, act and pray