SOLEMNITY OF ALL SAINTS
At bottom, all saints’ day should be an occasion for us to rejoice at the victory of all who have faithfully followed and served the Lord and are now living a life of joy with the Father in his heavenly kingdom. It is an occasion for us to reflect on just what and who a saint is. Could you and I be counted one day as one of them?
In today’s gospel, Jesus tells us what we should look for in saints in our own generation:
Saints are not only those canonized by the Pope and officially recognized by the Church as such but also:
Those who have no access to influence and power… they are the ones so dear to God. Those who mourn and grieve for their sins, who are moved by the afflictions of others;
They are the people in our community who hunger and thirst for what is just and right…who refuse to live by bread alone…they are the ones dear to God—people who show mercy, people who are pure of heart, those whose commitment is undivided. They are the ones so dear to the Lord…
THEY ARE THE SAINTS OF GOD AMONG US …they are the saints without names—people who work for what is right and live rightly in the love of God.
CAN YOU BE COUNTED AS ONE AMONG THEM?
My friends, trying to reflect on this question could be more meaningful than to lose yourself in having fun at memorial parks/cemeteries….
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Fray Onz Antonio, OAR