ORDINARY TIME: SUNDAY 31 [B] — Seeing and Realising New Reality of God’s Reign, with All Saints–Faith Celebrated

MATTHEW 5, 1 – 12a  

1  Seeing the crowds, Jesus went onto the mountain.  And when he was seated his disciples came to him.

2  Then he began to speak. This is what he taught them:

Sermon on the Mount Art Source: Sadao Watanabe

Sermon on the Mount
Art Source: Sadao Watanabe

3  How blessed are the poor in spirit: the kingdom of Heaven is theirs.

4  Blessed are the gentle: they shall have the earth as inheritance.

5  Blessed are those who mourn: they shall be comforted.

6  Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for uprightness: they shall have their fill.

7  Blessed are the merciful: they shall have mercy shown them.

8  Blessed are the pure in heart: they shall see God.

9  Blessed are the peacemakers: they shall be recognised as children of God.

10  Blessed are those who are persecuted in the cause of uprightness: the kingdom of Heaven is theirs.

11  Blessed are you when people abuse you and persecute you and speak all kinds of calumny against you falsely on my account.

12  Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven. 

New Jerusalem Bible

Doubleday 1984

lectionary bible


Over the past seven Sundays we were on the way with Jesus in the intense formation he gave his close circle of disciples.

The Beatitudes which begins the Sermon on the Mount — called the Magna Carta of Jesus’ teaching — invites us to sense the blessedness of this new reality, experienced and embodied by all the saints (G).

All Saints Art Source: Wassily Kandinsky 1911

All Saints
Art Source: Wassily Kandinsky 1911

In committing ourselves to emulate these people gathered around God’s throne (1) we too long to see God’s face (P) as God’s children (2) in the world yet to come as we partake in realizing the new world Jesus Christ came to proclaim and bring about here on earth.


With all the saints what songs can we bless God’s glory and wisdom in thanksgiving in this Eucharist (1)?


For All the Saints
Lyrics: William W How
Tune: Ralph Vaughn Williams SINE NOMINE


Eye Hath Not Seen 
Marty Haugen

We Walk by Faith
Marty Haugen


Blest Are They
David Haas


Shall We Gather at the River 
Robert Lowry


Sing With All The Saints
William Irons

1 = 1st reading
2  = 2nd Reading
P = Responsorial Psalm
G = Gospel



As we hear Jesus proclaiming

the vision of the new world

that is being fulfilled

by him and those we call saints,

Mark 5, 1 - 12a The Beatitudes Art Source: pinterest.com

Mark 5, 1 – 12a
The Beatitudes
Art Source: pinterest.com

which beatitude

do I feel called

to embody and help realize

in the life situations I find myself in now?