This past Sunday was All Saint's Sunday, a time to remember all the Saints in our lives. How often do we use that word Saint? Not very much unless we are talking about the NFL team. Why do you think we don't use this word very often in our common lexicon? I wonder if it is hard to think of ourselves as Saints let alone other people. So what is a saint? Is it people just like Mother Teresa? People who have so much faith that can move mountians; a purifty and holiness that makes their clothes almost glean like a supernova; or maybe somebody who never thinks about their own life but always about others. I think we do a good job of making Sainthood very hard to attain and even to think about. Saint though, is the nickname God gave each of us when we were baptised. It means beloved. It means real people, warts and all. Being a Saint is not a measuring stick to see whether we are worthy to be God's child but instead it is a term of endearment. We are Saints. We are God's Children.
Have you every though you were a Saint, yes you? How do you feel about that? Sounds pretty scary doesn't it? What about all those expectations? Except their is not. God wants us to live together loving God and loving each other. If we live our lives this way we are indeed acting out our Sainthood because following God is not an easy path. We have to listen to others; we are not suppose to react but interact; and we are suppose to love and not hate. All these things are tough because we live in a broken world. However, when we get it wrong, God picks us up and dusts us off again.
So think about those poeple in your life who are your Saints. Is it a grandmother, a friends, a classmate, or a coworker? What about them reminded you of God and God's grace? Now the harder question, how can you do that in the larger world around you. Remember changing the world starts with one person at a time and the easiest person to change is yourself. What can you do to show other's God grace and how can you be a Saint to somebody else?
Pastor Paul. I hope you find these reflections insightful and help you in your faith journey!