See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed. What we do know is this: when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is. And all who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
One of the blessings of the Spiritual Exercises is the suggestion to pray “the Triple Colloquy.” Participants are asked to bring themselves and their thoughts to Jesus, to Mary, and to God. As I learned to do this, I began to picture a kind of holy force on my side.
Our reading reminds us that it all begins with the Father’s great love for us. We are loved as God’s own children and we are assured that there is so much more ahead for us. Until then, we can hope for the day when we stand in heaven and join this force of all that is “pure” and good.
On this feast of All Saints, let us be thankful for the bonds of love that connect us to all the saints and holy people who have gone before us. Let us be consoled by this gift of powerful goodness.
—Rita Zyber is RCIA and Confirmation Coordinator at St. Mary Student Parish at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI.
Eternal Lord of all things,
I feel your gaze on me.
I sense that your mother stands near, watching,
and that with you are all the great beings of heaven –
angels and powers and martyrs and saints.
Lord Jesus, I think you have put a desire in me.
If you would help me please,
I would like to make my offering:
I want it to be my desire, and my choice,
provided that you want it too,
to live my life as you lived yours …
I will labor with you to bring God’s reign,
if you will give me the gift to do it. Amen
—Excerpt of a paraphrase of the colloquy of the meditation on Christ the King, written by Joseph Tetlow, SJ
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