I am filled with joy as this blog post is written because it coincides with one of my favorite feast days in the church - All Saints Day. It is a special day that falls on November 1st, regardless of the day of the week. While some denominations celebrate All Saints Sunday on the first Sunday in November, the essence remains the same. On this day, we gather to honor and remember all those who have gone before us, using churchy language to refer to those who have passed away. It is a time to reflect on their lives, knowing that their names are forever inscribed in the book of life and that God's presence is with them, just as it is with us.
Embracing Our Holiness
On All Saints Day, we also acknowledge that we are part of the community of saints. Through Jesus, we are called holy and set apart by God to participate in the restoration of the world. While our individual roles and talents may differ, the common thread is that God's action makes us holy. We are vessels of God's love and instruments for positive change in the world.
A Time for Reflection and Hope
All Saints Day holds a special place in my heart because it marks my daughter's birth at 11:07 a.m. The arrival of a new life has a way of softening hearts and making us ponder the future. As we gaze upon a newborn, we can't help but wonder what the world holds for them as they grow older. This sentiment extends to every child and youth we encounter. By observing the examples set by the saints who have gone before us, we learn valuable lessons in care, compassion, love, and hope. If we can embody these qualities, we can leave a lasting impact on future generations.
Inspiration from Scripture
Allow me to share one of my favorite passages from Hebrews chapter 12, verses 1 and 2, which encapsulates the spirit of All Saints Day:
"Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the Pioneer and Perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him, endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the Throne of God."
As we celebrate All Saints Day, let us embrace the rich heritage of faith, hope, and renewal that it represents. We honor those who have passed away, recognizing their impact on our lives and the world around us. Simultaneously, we acknowledge our own role as saints in the making, called to make a positive difference in the lives of others. May this celebration be a reminder of the enduring power of love, compassion, and hope that can shape generations to come.