Reading I: Revelations 7:2-4, 9-14
Responsorial: Psalms 24:1bc-2, 3-4ab, 5-6
Gospel: Matthew 5:1-12a
This is one off the most beautiful feasts of the year. On this day we remember all the dead who have gone before us; our friends and neighbours who are in heaven.
But what is the real use of this feast? St Bernard tells us properly in today's reading for the office of vigils: the main purpose of this feast is that it reminds us of the future life God has prepared for us. This is the real joy of today's feast-that it reminds us of the future glory promised to us by God.
One of the great features of our faith is the promise of heaven. Today the Church calls on us to reflect on that future and think of taking our place among the choirs of angels and the saints of heaven.