All Saints Day

 

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When we think about saints, we usually think of Mary, the mother of Jesus, apostles like Peter and Paul, or extraordinary individuals like Mother Teresa. True friends of God.

Besides saints like them, the Feast of Saints reminds us that there are unnumbered others in God’s company. In a vision of heaven, St. John saw “a great multitude, which no one could count, from every nation, race, people, and tongue.” {Revelations 7, 9-13} We hope we will join them one day.

Our hope rests on a promise Jesus made. Remember it, the same apostle says:

“See what love the Father has bestowed on us
that we may be called the children of God.
Yet so we are…
Beloved, we are God’s children now;
what we shall be has not yet been revealed.” (1 John 3,1-3)

How shall we reach that place where we’ll be revealed as children of God? Jesus tells us to follow him and live as he taught. He shows the way in his Sermon on the Mount, our gospel reading for this feast. He will be the way, the truth and the life.

We haven’t seen yet that life we hope for or what God promises. We haven’t completed our lives yet. This feast reminds us of God’s promise and calls us to hope for the day it’s revealed.

The extraordinary saints we honor are not the only ones in heaven. There is a multitude of others, not a few.God welcomes countless others to his company, saints unnoticed here on earth, saints with little to show, saints who were sinners. People like us.

As we celebrate this feast, remember your destiny, St. Bernard says:

“Rise again with Christ and seek the world above and set your mind on heaven. Long for those who are longing for us; hasten to those who are waiting for us, ask those who are looking for our coming to intercede for us. Desire their company and seek a share in their glory. There’s no harm in being ambitious for this. No danger in setting your heart on such glory.

“Remembering the saints inflames us with a yearning that Christ our life may appear to us as he appeared to them and that one day we may share in his glory.”

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2 responses to “All Saints Day

  1. “There’s a harvest on its way and it’s an abundant one.” These words, Fr. Victor, were among the last of your blog for September 18th. To me they really resonate as a sort of summation for the blogs that you listed following this date into October. As one of the pilgrims on the Viking trip , I truly appreciate how you continue to steer our ship with your wisdom and foresight of so many details of our faith. You spoke of The Three Kings, Simon and Jude and the St. Christopher’s of yesterday and today. These remarkable people and the countless others that Jesus has put before our time and now among us today only highlight our path to Him. They all continue the work of the apostles overtime to go and spread the good news to all nations. All are part of the big picture in helping to fulfill God’s promise of salvation for his children. I thank Him, too, for putting you in our lives
    today.

  2. Berta Hernandez

    All I want is to reach Him somehow and be with Him for eternity. To think that I a sinner could ever reach that goal is overwhelming. But we know that everything is possible with God!

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