Revised Common Lectionary Commentary

All Saints' Day - November 1, 2017

Introductions for Readers

Saint Dominic contemplating the Scriptures

Saint Dominic
contemplating the Scriptures

Revelation 7:9-17

This reading tells what will happen to the “saints”, to those who are faithful at the End of Time or the Last Judgement. John’s vision involves throne and courts: symbols that were part of his culture, but which are hard for us to understand; however, the message today is the same as it was then.

1 John 3:1-3

The author has contrasted those who truly believe that Jesus is the Christ, showing it in their lives, and those who say they know Christ but do not behave accordingly.

Matthew 5:1-12

Jesus has travelled through Galilee teaching, proclaiming the good news, and curing people of physical and spiritual illnesses. Great crowds from Israel and beyond have flocked to him.

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