Solemnity of All Saints invites us to remember and to be a holy light to others
by Sister Francis Bangert
The feast of All Saints is one of my favorite feasts. It offers a message of hope, joy and love that triumphs over evil. In the Book of Revelation, we hear a vision of hope to Christians who are experiencing persecution for their belief in the Risen Jesus.
The letter of John describes the depth and richness of God’s all-encompassing love calling us children of God who one day will see God as God is.
The Gospel of Matthew describes the Beatitudes as the path to holiness.
Each year the Church celebrates this feast, calling to mind the lives of women and men of every time and place who have been a light in the darkness. By the grace of God they have been victorious over the human tendencies to self-centeredness, greed, power and pleasure and have shown the world around them what it means to be a messenger of Gospel values. But to be a voice for peace and truth, justice and love didn’t come without a price. Conflict, dissension, suffering, persecution even martyrdom were endured because their steadfast faith in the passionate love of God was stronger than the darkness.
Through Baptism we too, are called to be lights in the world in which we live. As Pope Francis writes: “the ingredients for a happy life are found in the Beatitudes: blessed are the simple, the humble who make room for God, who are able to weep for others and for their own mistakes, who remain meek, fight for justice, are merciful to all, safeguard purity of heart, always work for peace and abide in joy, do not hate and even when suffering respond to evil with good.” (Give Us This Day, Nov. 1, 2020, p.23)
In union with all the saints, the “capital S” Saints in heaven, and the “small s” saints who walk this earth, may our individual lights blend into harmonious praise of our God who is the Highest Good.
- Who is your patron or favorite saint? Explore his/her biography.
- How will you let YOUR light shine this week?