Solemnity of All Saints
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Providentially, this year’s celebration of National Vocation Awareness Week begins on the Solemnity of All Saints. It is a wonderful reminder of the “call” that we all share in common, the universal call to holiness, to be saints.
In the Gospel reading for this Sunday the Church provides us with the Sermon on the Mount (Mt 5:1-12) as the source of our prayer and reflection, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven… Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God.” Often when we pray with the beatitudes there can be a temptation to see them as something external that we have to “put on”. This can be a source of frustration in our own spiritual lives as we strive for holiness. Today I would like to suggest that we look at the beatitudes as characteristics of Jesus’ own heart. Jesus is the one that authentically embodies the beatitudes. Jesus is “poor in spirit”. Jesus is “meek”. Jesus is “merciful.” Jesus is “pure of heart.” Looking at the beatitudes in this light, we see a strong and clear invitation for all of us to live Jesus’ own life here on earth. A life that is lived from within our own hearts.
As you move through the week pay attention to the inner movements of your own heart as you pray with the beatitudes. When there is an opportunity to be poor (selfless) or rich (self-centered) choose to be poor with Christ. When there is an opportunity to be meek or prideful choose to be meek with Christ. When there is an opportunity to be merciful or uncharitable choose to be merciful with Christ. When there is an opportunity to be pure or impure choose to be pure with Christ. When we choose to be selfless with Christ over and over again, we allow Jesus’ own life to be present in us and we become a source of grace to those we interact with each moment of the day. A faithful commitment to this way of internal living is a sure path to holiness, that is, to be a saint.
As we journey through National Vocation Awareness Week (NVAW) we will be highlighting a part of our newly designed website each day on social media (www.archdpdxvocations.org). There are resources for the discerner, seminarian, pastor, vocation promotor and more. Our hope is that the resources provided will assist all of us in choosing Jesus in every situation and allow him to form us into the saint he has created us to be.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Fr. Jeff Eirvin
Please pray for vocations!