Feast of All Saints
In the New testament , the term ”the saints” expresses the sense of being a holy community. An individual may be regarded as being a saint or holy one, but only by the virtue of belonging to a community. The designation implies that the community is God centered. Its existence is grounded in the call of God, the living memory of Jesus Christ, and the consecrating gift of the Holy Spirit. This is the communion of all saints. The center for reflection becomes not extraordinary personalities or heroes but the extraordinary status of simple human women and men in the image and likeness of God, called and gifted by grace, trying to find their way. In a community of companionship in the Spirit that circles the globe, they make their own contribution and then pass on through the nothingness of death into the life-giving hands of God to be followed by a new generation of saints.
Adapted from Friends of God and Prophets by Elizabeth Johnson
All you holy ones of God, soften our hearts that we may, like you, live in truth, keep faith and remain steadfast in love of God and our neighbor.
Be attentive to the glimpses of holiness that surround us
We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all the saints…
Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.
I am reminded of the biblical use of the term saint in the book of Acts. That it applies to each of us. All who are attempting to imitate the Christ in their lives merit the title of ‘saint.’ Some do it more fully than others and are willing to let go of more to get the job done.
All of the places of our lives are sanctuaries; some of them just happen to have steeples. And all of the people in our lives are saints; it is just that some of them have day jobs and most will never have feast days named for them.
The challenge of the saints of the twenty-first century is to begin again to comprehend the sacred in the ten thousand things of our world; to reverence what we have come to view as ordinary and devoid of spirit.
God creates out of nothing. Wonderful you say. Yes, to be sure, but God does what is still more wonderful: God makes saints out of sinners.
I am not a saint, unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying.