Today is Friday, the 1st of November, All Saints’ Day.

The choir of Westminster Cathedral, directed by James O’Donnell, sing O quam gloriosum by Victoria: ‘How glorious is the kingdom, where all the saints rejoice with Christ.’

Today’s reading is from the Book of the Apocalypse.

Today we give thanks for a great multitude of women and men, who have gone before us in the way of faith. In the Bible passage we hear of the destiny of all who die in Christ; they go to that place where there is ‘no sorrow or pain’ and where they can worship God for all eternity.

All of us have been inspired on our Christian journeys by ‘ordinary’ men and women – the saints mentioned in today’s reading and commemorated in today’s feast. Who has inspired you; what captivated you about them? How did they reflect God’s love?

The saints reflected God in their own lives.  Thinking now about yourself, how do you reflect God in your life? Is your life an ‘act of worship?’

As you listen again, remember one person, a saint or blessed, or ordinary person, who has inspired you in your life and faith.

What can you do to help others to reflect God in their lives and perhaps to take their place in that company of Saints?