Eucharistic Readings for All Saints Day: Year C
“I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power.” (Ephesians 1:17 to 19)
Every now and then, Paul really nails it. Paul refers to all believers in Christ as Saints, both past believers and believers of today.
Today, we sometimes want to be heroes; that is, life savers and protectors and such. What would it be like to want to be a saint in the truest sense of the word? Most saints aren’t officially named as a saint by the Roman Catholic Church until certain criterion are met. However, Paul doesn’t wait, if we believe, we are saints right now according to “Saint” Paul.
We have ancient, and not so ancient saints to emulate. From Saint Peter to Saint Francis of Assisi; from Saint Mary Magdalene to Saint Teresa of Avila, there are varieties of practices we can copy. Humility and compassion I find to be the most common traits. While humility and compassion aren’t very “heroic” such traits guide believers into eternal life with our Lord Jesus for all eternity. Let all true believers become saints.
Please keep up your thoughts and prayers and hopes for Ukraine.
As we listen to what the Spirit is saying to us, let us live to love, to serve, and to teach, while pondering anew what the Almighty can do. John