This is one of my favorite weeks of the Church’s liturgical year, as it contains some of my favorite feast days. The Church’s liturgical year is intended to lead us into a constant reflection on the mystery of Christ, and it includes the feasts of many saints so that we can reflect on how they have embraced the Gospel and made it real in their lives.
The saints are our elder brothers and sisters in Christ. (The angels and archangels are a different category of saint.) We are inspired by their witness to live our own lives of holiness and faithfulness to Christ. And they continually pray for us. The saints are the Church Triumphant, those who have arrived in the new Promised Land of Heaven. They do not forget us but continually lift up in prayer those of us, the Church Militant, still seeking our own salvation in this vale of tears.
As we reflect on the saints in heaven, we look forward to the day when we will be with them gathered around the Throne of the Lamb. What they are, we will be. What we are, they once were.
— Fr. Mike Comer