A happy Feast of All Saints to one and all! This is one of my favorite feasts. The month of November is not formally a liturgical season, but since it begins with All Saints and ends with Christ the King, these four weeks really do have the feel of a liturgical season focused on meditation on the Last Things: Heaven, Hell, Death, and Judgment. Moreover, for those of us in the temperate zone of the northern hemisphere, the falling leaves, migrating animals, and dying back of the ecosystems with the advancing cold serve as a natural reminder of the end of physical life.
The Readings for All Saints are, of course, beautiful. Here are some quick thoughts:
1. The First Reading is Rev 7:2-4, 9-14: