The Time of Great Distress

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Today we celebrate the solemnity of All Saints.  Every saint in history has had one thing in common, namely that they all understood how to live their lives in accord with divine revelation.  Revelation is defined as an act of revealing or communicating a divine truth. Not surprising, then, is the meaning of today’s first reading from the Book of Revelation. It teaches us that Jesus, the Lamb of God is the source of our salvation.

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.”

So how can any of us hope to be saints?  By being obedient in faith during times of great distress and by continually cleansing ourselves in the blood of Jesus Christ.

Glory, praise and honor to the Lamb.

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